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Orioles designated hitter Trey Mancini acknowledges the crowd during the ninth inning Thursday against the Rays in Baltimore.

The ball sailed into right field, carrying but not quite deep enough. Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Josh Lowe camped under it, prepared to catch what could prove to be the last fly ball at Camden Yards of Trey Mancini’s Orioles tenure.

Then, the sun peeked out from the clouds in Baltimore’s afternoon sky, and Lowe lost sight of the ball. It caromed off his left cheek toward the first-base line, and off Mancini went. On base in front of Baltimore’s longest-tenured player, Austin Hays wheeled his leftarm, begging Mancini to continue onward. He did, racing home for the first inside-the-park home run at Oriole Park in nearly 11 years.

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