An awful lot to like as O’s end awful skid

They were probably even more impressed in the fifth inning, when he struck out Eric Chavez on a breaking ball that absolutely froze the A's first baseman and probably still has him muttering to himself.

I don't care who you are, you're not going to hit that pitch. Babe Ruth's knees would have buckled on that one.

Another bright spot for the Orioles has been the play of Ty Wigginton, who homered and drove in four runs Sunday and continues to look like one of the only Orioles hitters with a clue.

Here's what you have to love about Wigginton: He knows his role on this team, and he's totally fine with it.

He's never going to wow you in the field. And he knows the only way he gets into the lineup is if he hits.

In fact, he sat down with Trembley this spring and said as much, that he was going to concentrate on hitting and make it tough for the manager to keep him out of the lineup.

So far, he has done just that. And you can bet driving in four runs against Brett Anderson, the A's hard-throwing left-hander, is going to get him a few more at-bats on this 10-game road trip — especially with the Orioles dropping like flies.

How many players are on the disabled list now, a dozen or so?

Maybe it just feels that way.

When Miguel Tejada pulled up lame after that bunt attempt against the A's on Saturday, I thought Trembley was going to climb to the upper deck of the Coliseum and air-mail himself.

Oh, yeah, if ever the Orioles needed someone like Matusz or Wigginton to step up, it's now.

So now it's on to Seattle for the Orioles. Three games against the Mariners and then they jump on a plane again and fly to Boston for three against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

The schedule, as everyone has pointed out, is a killer.

But at least they ended that terrible losing streak that had come to define them this April.

"This game today for everybody here feels like a playoff game," Tejada told reporters.

Hearing that, you're tempted to launch into Jim Mora's famously nutty rant popularized in that beer commercial: "Playoffs? PLAYOFFS? You kiddin' me? Playoffs?"

But that would be cruel.

And this is not a time for cruelty.

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Eduardo A. Encina

Eduardo A. Encina

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Peter Schmuck

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Dan Connolly

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Dean Jones Jr.

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