Before the season, the expectation might not have been that the Orioles and Rays would be duking it out at the end of the campaign for the AL East crown. Yankees-Blue Jays? Sure. Yankees-Red Sox? Why not.
Yet as September winds down, it’s the two teams with the lowest payrolls in the AL East battling not just for the division crown, but the No. 1 seed in the American League playoff field, with the two teams far and away leading the rest of the crowd.
Friday night’s contest will mark the second in the four-game series between the two teams, the last time they will face off against one another in the regular season. And taking the hill, it will be breakout starter Zach Eflin for the Rays and midseason trade acquisition Jack Flaherty for the Orioles.
MORE: Watch ‘Friday Night Baseball’ tonight on Apple TV+ (free trial)
Prior to 2023, Eflin had pitched more than 128 innings just once, coming all the way back in 2019. He had never in a season with at least 60 innings pitched posted an ERA below 4.00. In his first year with the Rays, Eflin has figured it out, pitching to a 3.53 ERA across 160.2 innings of work with 164 strikeouts and only 23 walks. His 164 punchouts are already a career-best. His last outing against the Orioles, he delivered seven shutout innings, though he allowed four runs in six innings in his prior start against Baltimore.
The Orioles will hand the ball to Flaherty, who they acquired from the Cardinals at the trade deadline. Flaherty was once viewed as one of the top up-and-coming arms in the baseball, finishing fourth in Cy Young voting in his second full year in the majors. But injuries and inconsistent performances have marred his career since then. In six starts with the Orioles, he has a 7.16 ERA in 27.2 innings. He has not faced the Rays this year.
Hoping to catch the highly anticipated AL East matchup? Here’s everything you need to know to watch Friday night’s game.
What channel is Rays vs. Orioles on tonight?
Friday night’s game between the Rays and Orioles will be broadcast on Apple TV+, the exclusive home of “Friday Night Baseball” for the 2023 MLB season.
What time is Rays vs. Orioles tonight?
- First pitch: 7:05 p.m. ET
Rays vs. Orioles is set to start at 7:05 p.m. ET from Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
Apple TV+ will have pregame coverage throughout the day with curated articles for each team and MLB. Fans can watch the “Countdown to First Pitch” pregame show 15 minutes prior to the start of the game.
Apple TV+ will broadcast another game on Friday night: Phillies vs. Cardinals, which will be at 8:15 p.m. ET.
How to live stream Rays vs. Orioles
Rays vs. Orioles will be available exclusively through Apple TV+, but there are still different ways to stream the game. Apple TV+ is available to stream on your phone, tablet, computer and smart TV, as well as streaming devices such as Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV stick.
How much does Apple TV+ cost?
The service starts at $6.99 a month in the U.S. Yearly subscriptions begin at $69. In Canada, a monthly subscription is $8.99 CAD.
Last season, the service was free for those trying to watch “Friday Night Baseball,” but that is no longer an option. Apple does offer a seven-day free trial for new sign-ups, but you will need a subscription to watch MLB’s “Friday Night Baseball” games beyond that.
The service is also home to the hit show “Ted Lasso,” among other original series. It also operates MLS Season Pass, which allows fans to watch every MLS game without blackout restrictions, for an additional fee.
Apple TV+ ‘Friday Night Baseball’ 2023 schedule
|Friday, Sept. 15||Tampa Bay Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles||7 p.m.|
|Friday, Sept. 15||Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals||8 p.m.|
|Friday, Sept. 22||New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies||7 p.m.|
|Friday, Sept. 22||San Francisco Giants vs. Los Angeles Dodgers||10 p.m.|