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On night of early cheers, struggling Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez exits to boos

On night of early cheers, struggling Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez exits to boos

For the fourth straight turn through the starting rotation, the Orioles sent right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound Friday night, a decision made more out of necessity —manager Buck Showalter made it clear that there were no better starting options — and less because of any newfound confidence that Jimenez could turn the corner on his season-long struggles.

Jimenez walked off the mound to a chorus of boos, unable to get out of the second inning for the third time in his past eight starts, replaced by right-hander Mike Wright, whose own struggles led to a demotion Friday to Triple-A Norfolk.

Somehow, both had pitched in a first-place team's third-to-last game...

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