Brian Roberts

Though he was among five finalists for the last spot on the American League's All-Star team, Brian Roberts never checked the voting. He didn't see the point.

"I knew I had zero chance," he said, grinning.

Evan Longoria isn't a bad choice, and I predicted that he'd win, but Roberts certainly deserves to be there. He's a home run short of the cycle tonight, and also has an RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Aubrey Huff's sacrifice fly just delivered Roberts to give the Orioles a 4-3 lead in the fifth.

None of the current Orioles had a hit off Boston starter Clay Buchholz before tonight. He no-hit them last September, and beat them again with three scoreless innings of relief.

Brian Burres has thrown 69 pitches through four innings. He's given up a run-scoring single and a double to No. 8 hitter Brandon Moss, and No. 9 hitter Julio Lugo has two RBI grounders.

Lugo was robbed of a hit in the second inning when first base umpire Doug Eddings called him out after Kevin Millar retrieved the ball as it trickled up the line and flipped it to Burres. Replays showed that Lugo's foot was on the bag as Burres was reaching for the throw. It wasn't even close.

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