Bullpen

Orioles relievers have been nothing short of terrific so far this season, and they entered Sunday's game un-scored upon in 16 innings (14 appearances) through the first five games of the road trip. That streak ended at 18 2/3 innings when the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000005" title="Boston Red Sox" href="/topic/sports/baseball/boston-red-sox-ORSPT000005.topic">Red Sox</a> scored a run off <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT0014449" title="Troy Patton" href="/topic/sports/baseball/troy-patton-PESPT0014449.topic">Troy Patton</a> in the eighth, but O's relievers (including designated hitter <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT000009997" title="Chris Davis" href="/topic/sports/baseball/chris-davis-PESPT000009997.topic">Chris Davis</a> -- pictured with <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PESPT000010503" title="Matt Wieters" href="/topic/sports/baseball/matt-wieters-PESPT000010503.topic">Matt Wieters</a>) went on to give up just that one run over 12 2/3 innings in Sunday's 17-inning marathon. The bullpen had me at eight scoreless innings in Friday's 13-inning victory.<br>
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<b>Grade</b>: A+

( US Presswire / May 6, 2012 )

Orioles relievers have been nothing short of terrific so far this season, and they entered Sunday's game un-scored upon in 16 innings (14 appearances) through the first five games of the road trip. That streak ended at 18 2/3 innings when the Red Sox scored a run off Troy Patton in the eighth, but O's relievers (including designated hitter Chris Davis -- pictured with Matt Wieters) went on to give up just that one run over 12 2/3 innings in Sunday's 17-inning marathon. The bullpen had me at eight scoreless innings in Friday's 13-inning victory.

Grade: A+

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Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for decades. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer.

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