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O's can't keep up with Dodgers, who go to top as flop

Misery loves company. The Orioles may have cooled off during their frustrating three-game series against the Boston Red Sox and their first two games against the New York Yankees, but they clearly have been replaced as baseball's most disappointing team.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were swept in a three-game series by the last-place San Diego Padres and entered this weekend's important series against the rival San Francisco Giants in danger of dropping into the National League West cellar.

How can that be? This is the team that spent $105 million to add Kevin Brown to the starting rotation -- ostensibly so that the team would be configured well for the playoffs. Now, the...