Jones preaches patience after sweep

     Orioles center fielder Adam Jones said after Wednesday night's 6-4 extra-inning loss to the Yankees that the Orioles played well throughout the series and need to take the same attitude and momentum into Toronto.

     "Don't hang our heads,'' he said. "It's just the sixt game of the year."

     The Orioles won their first three games against an undermanned Twins team and were swept by the well-heeled Yankees to even their record at 3-3. Now, they head out for 10 games in Toronto, Chicago and Los Angeles.

     "We need to go to Toronto and take out our frustrations on their pitching staff,'' he said.

     He was one of the Orioles hitters who apparently was trying too hard to deliver the big hit against the Yankees, striking out against Yankees setup man Rafael Soriano with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.

     "I'm just overswinging,'' he said. "Somebody told me, stop trying to hit the ball to San Diego."

     Jones said it's not any more galling to lose to the Yankees, but admitted the presence of so many of their fans at Oriole Park does make it sweeter when the Orioles are able to shut them up.

     "Obviously, we get predominantly their fans in our ballpark,'' he said. "We'd like to send them home angry, but they went home happy this time."


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