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    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Joey Rickard had four hits and the Baltimore Orioles needed all of them to beat the Tampa Bay Rays. None was bigger, however, than the last one. Rickard drove in the winning run in the 11th inning with an RBI double, lifting the Orioles to a 6-5 victory Thursday night. 'This game is very hard and when something goes your way, it's a relief,' Rickard said. 'That moves you along a little bit.' Rickard doubled off Diego Castillo (0-1) after two-out singles by Chris Davis and Rio Ruiz kept the inning alive for Baltimore. After coming into the game on an 0 for 15 slide, Rickard reached base five times and drove in two runs against the team that drafted before losing him in the Rule 5 draft in 2015. He has 28 RBIs in 36 career games against the Rays. 'Oh man, it's just a coincidence that it happened,' he said, 'but it's nice to get a good win.' Rickard's success against Tampa Bay wasn't lost on Rays manager Kevin Cash. 'He seems to like playing at this ballpark or against his former organization,' Cash said. Davis had entered the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning after missing the preceding two games with a stomach virus. 'He sparked us, obviously,' Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. 'I talked to him about some late-inning stuff and he was ready to go. He's a pro.' John Means (2-2) got the win with two innings of relief for the Orioles, who broke a six-game losing streak against Tampa Bay. The Rays lost for only the second time in 10 games. Trey Mancini had three hits, and Pedro Severino homered for the Orioles. Tommy Pham had four hits, included his third home run of the season for the Rays, but was picked off while trying to steal third base with the score tied in the ninth after Avisa l Garcia homered off Mychal Givens. Austin Meadows led off the first for Tampa Bay with a double off the top of the center-field wall off Baltimore starter Andrew Cashner. Meadows scored on Pham's single to put the Rays up 1-0. Mancini, Dwight Smith Jr., Renato Nunez and Rickard had hits in the third to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead off Jalen Beeks. Rays opener Hunter Wood gave up two hits in two shutout innings before giving way to Beeks. Pham's homer in the third off Cashner tied it for the Rays, but the Orioles went out in front again on Severino's blast off Beeks to lead off the fourth. Rickard led off the seventh with a triple and scored on a single by Richie Martin to put Baltimore up 4-2. Smith's sacrifice fly in the eighth made it 5-2. But the Rays stormed back to tie it. Mike Zunino's two-run double cut Baltimore's lead to 5-4 after a couple of walks in the eighth. Garcia tied it with a long home run off Mychal Givens in the ninth. Cashner gave up two runs on five hits in five innings while striking out six for Baltimore. 'We almost came back and won it,' Pham said. 'It's a pretty loss. You'd rather have the ugly win, but it's a pretty loss.' TRAINER'S ROOM Orioles: RHP Alex Cobb (lumbar strain) will come off his second stint on the injured list to start Friday night's game. Rays: LHP Blake Snell (broken fourth right toe) threw for a second straight day and might have a bullpen session Saturday. . . . IF Joey Wendle (strained left hamstring) is likely to be activated this weekend. SIX-MAN ROTATION OPTIONS Cobb's return to the Orioles' pitching rotation, Means goes to the bullpen. But Means (1-2, 1.98) will get another start sometime after Thursday's off day. 'Means is going to make a lot of starts,' Hyde said. 'It's something we're going to play with because I do like John in the rotation. He's pitching really well and deserves to stay in the rotation.' UP NEXT Orioles: Cobb (0-0, 3.18) will make his second start of the season in the opener of a three-game series against Minnesota in Baltimore. Rays: Ryne Stanek (0-0, 1.93) will open Friday night's game against the Boston Red Sox and Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2, 7.98) ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Wednesday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Fantasy 5' game were: 14-15-21-26-32 (fourteen, fifteen, twenty-one, twenty-six, thirty-two)
  • E_R.Nunez (1). DP_Baltimore 1. LOB_Baltimore 12, Tampa Bay 8. 2B_Mancini (7), Smith Jr. (6), Rickard (4), Meadows (4), Zunino (5). 3B_Rickard (1). HR_P.Severino (1), Av.Garcia (3), Pham (3). SB_Rickard (1), Pham (6). CS_Pham (1), Choi (2). SF_Smith Jr. (1). P.Fry pitched to 1 batter in the 8th WP_Pagan, Givens. Umpires_Home, D.J. Reyburn; First, Fieldin Cubreth; Second, Paul Nauert; Third, CB Bucknor. T_4:15. A_9,081 (42,735).
  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 2 Evening' game were: 8-0 (eight, zero)
  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 4 Evening' game were: 0-5-2-0 (zero, five, two, zero)
  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 3 Evening' game were: 9-2-0 (nine, two, zero)
  • TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Thursday evening's drawing of the Florida Lottery's 'Pick 5 Evening' game were: 2-9-3-4-8 (two, nine, three, four, eight)
  • WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Attorneys for two of the women charged in a Florida prostitution sting asked a judge on Thursday to hold police and prosecutors in contempt of court following reports that someone was shopping around undercover video of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. The motion was filed in Palm Beach County Circuit Court by attorneys for Lei Wang and Hua Zhang, who are accused of working at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter. The attorneys cited a New York Daily News story that reports an unknown person had contacted TheBlast.com with footage of Kraft naked with another person, presumably the massage therapist. The attorneys said only police and prosecutors have access to the footage, which a judge has temporarily barred from release. The attorneys argued that releasing the footage would violate their clients' rights to privacy and fair trials. Jupiter police spokesman O'Neil Anderson told The Associated Press that he doubts the authenticity of the reports. He said his department has taken every precaution to secure the evidence, and he doesn't believe anyone in the police department or State Attorney's Office would leak the video. Anderson also pointed out that no websites or news organizations have actually shown a video. 'If anyone had it, they would have released it by now,' Anderson said. Kraft was charged in February with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution after being accused of paying for sex. He has pleaded not guilty. A message left with the State Attorney's Office wasn't immediately returned.
  • KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) - Eun-Hee Ji rebounded from a bogey on the par-4 18th with a pitch-in eagle on the par-5 first and shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Nelly Korda on Thursday in the Lotte Championship. Ji had a 15-under 129 total to break the tournament 36-hole record by five strokes. 'I think it was lucky (today),' Ji said. 'I had to chip it in three times. Makes a lot of difference for me.' She played her final nine in the afternoon at Ko Olina in 6-under 30, following the eagle with birdies on four of the next seven holes. 'I just kept focus on my game,' Ji said. 'I hit it well and made a lot of putts from there. That makes it a lot different.' The 32-year-old South Korean won the season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in January in Florida for her fifth LPGA Tour title. Her biggest victory came in the 2009 U.S. Women's Open. Korda birdied four of her final five in the breezy morning session in a 68, also finishing on No. 9. 'It was completely different to yesterday,' Korda said. 'I actually experienced Hawaii weather today. It was tough. I didn't hit every shot perfect. I had a couple bogeys. But I ended up playing pretty solid today.' The 20-year-old American won the Women's Australian Open in February for her second LPGA Tour title. She opened the season with five straight top-10 finishes before tying for 52nd two weeks ago in the major ANA Inspiration. Defending champion Brooke Henderson (68) and 2016 winner Minjee Lee (68) were tied for third at 11 under. If the 21-year-old Henderson claims her eighth LPGA Tour title Saturday, she will tie Sandra Post's record for victories by a Canadian. Henderson and Korda played junior golf together. 'It's pretty cool to have us both make it this far on tour,' Henderson said. 'Growing up playing junior events together I think this was both of our dreams, so it's pretty cool to come out here and have it be a reality every single day.' Azahara Munoz (66) and Moriya Jutanugarn (67) were 10 under. Michelle Wie shot her second straight 77 to finish ahead of only one of the 143 players to complete two rounds. The 2014 winner in her home event, she has struggled with pain in her right hand following offseason surgery.
  • LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) - A Colorado community changed forever by the attack that killed 13 people at Columbine High School moved ahead Thursday with ceremonies marking the anniversary of the tragedy while awaiting more details on what led a Florida teen 'infatuated' with the shooting to buy a shotgun and kill herself in the snowy foothills nearby. Many questions remained unanswered about 18-year-old Sol Pais, but a friend disputed the contention by authorities that she posed a threat. Adrianna Pete painted a complex picture of Pais, saying she was deeply troubled, lonely and often talked about suicide but was also brilliant, kind and a talented artist who loved to draw. Pete, 19, a college student in Carleton, Michigan, said she met Pais online two years ago through a mutual friend and quickly developed a friendship involving near-daily communication. They met in person twice, once when Pete traveled to Florida and once when Pais went to Michigan. Pete faulted authorities for overreacting in portraying Pais as a threat based on her activities before her death. 'She never threatened anyone,' Pete said. 'There are no credible threats and only assumptions that she was just because the word Columbine was included.' Pete said Pais had a weird obsession with the Columbine killers but that didn't mean she was planning an attack. The killers were 'someone she could relate to' because they were lonely, not because of their violence, Pete said. 'She would say I hate life, life sucks and that she was very alone,' Pete said. 'Then she told me she had it figured out with her parents before so I assumed like she was doing OK ... She actually posted about it a lot, wanting to die.' Two teenagers attacked Columbine on April 20, 1999, killing 12 classmates and a teacher before taking their own lives. They have inspired cult-like admirers, some of whom committed other mass shootings. The days surrounding the April 20 anniversary of the attack are always emotional for school alumni, their families and the suburban community of Littleton surrounding Columbine. Some survivors describe the experience as an 'April fog.' The manhunt for Pais and the resulting closure of schools added a new layer of anxiety, former Columbine principal Frank DeAngelis said Wednesday after the FBI declared the danger was over. A religious service Thursday night will begin three days of commemorative events themed 'Remember. Reflect. Recommit' leading to a day of community service projects and a ceremony Saturday at a park near the school. Pais' body was discovered Wednesday in the mountains outside Denver with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Colorado authorities learned about Pais on Tuesday from an alarmed Miami FBI office that had interviewed people about her obsession with the Columbine shooting. Dozens of schools, including Columbine, locked their doors for several hours on Tuesday and even more closed altogether on Wednesday. More than 400,000 students returned to Denver-area schools Thursday, with visible police presence outside buildings. FBI officials declined Wednesday to discuss Pais' mental health or detail the comments she made indicating an 'infatuation' with the Columbine shooting. An FBI spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request Thursday for more information on Pais' background or her Columbine-related comments that sparked a rapid law enforcement response. Officials at her Florida school district said they had no record of Pais being contacted by law enforcement or disciplined in school. Her family has not spoken publicly but worked with authorities this week. Pete described Pais as caring and thoughtful, someone who helped with her Spanish homework and sent her a pair of earrings when she was having boyfriend troubles. When they got together in Miami last summer, they went swimming at the beach, walked the boardwalk and played with stray cats. Almost daily, Pais walked to a store and bought a coffee energy drink. She was obsessed with them, Pete said. 'I believe she was just very mentally ill and had no one but me to confide in and a few people on the internet,' Pete said. FBI officials said Wednesday they were reviewing all of Pais' activity in recent weeks, including her social media accounts and other online writing. They confirmed that online material includes a blog featuring hand-written journal entries about the author's unhappiness and desire to die along with sketches of guns or knives. Pais did not make threats against a specific school but her history and purchase of a weapon immediately after arriving in Colorado merited a broad response, officials said. Pais arrived Monday and went directly to a gun store, where she bought a shotgun, authorities said. The purchase apparently followed the legal process, officials said. ___ Kennedy reported from Miami. Associated Press writers Ellis Rua in Miami Beach, Florida, and James Anderson, P. Solomon Banda, Colleen Slevin and Thomas Peipert in Denver contributed to this report.