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Bad marks

Put a check in the plus column for Ramon Hernandez's single that scored Jay Payton and gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

Now start subtracting points for Hernandez being thrown out at second while trying to advance on the throw home. And the three stolen bases against him - including one on a pitchout. And his failure to block the plate on Dioner Navarro's double that scored Eric Hinske ahead of Nick Markakis' perfect throw. And Brian Roberts being picked off first base after a two-out single in the third. And Daniel Cabrera surrendering four runs in the third, two coming on another Carlos Pena home run.

If the Orioles lose today and the Yankees win, we have a new last-place team in the AL East. They might want to regroup here. And fast.

Pena began the day batting .324 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 10 games against the Orioles this season. Against everyone else, he was hitting .196 witih five homers and 11 RBIs in 38 games.

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