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Orioles: Ray rocked

The runs didn't matter and the grand slam by Hanley Ramirez was just window dressing. It's one bad pitch whether it drives in one run or four, but the struggles of reliever Chris Ray in the Orioles' 11-3 loss to the Florida Marlins matter a great deal. The O's need Ray to re-establish himself as a late-inning reliever, but his psyche had to take a pretty big hit over the 1 2/3 innings he was pitching batting practice at Land Shark Stadium.

Ray gave up seven hits and five runs, including Ramirez's second grand slam of the series. He shouldn't have been out there that long, but the Orioles bullpen was wrung out during the Marlins' three-game sweep.

Here's my only problem with the Ray situation. Dave Trembley justified sending him down to Norfolk by pointing out that he is a late relief guy and he wasn't getting late-relief appearances at the major league level because of his mechanical issues. Now, he comes back supposedly all fixed and he gets his head handed to him in a mop-up appearance. Maybe there wasn't any other option, but it's still a head-scratcher.

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