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Too bad it's a losing streak.

The Orioles have dropped four in a row. I could torch their bullpen again (everyone else has), but the starter can't throw 106 pitches in 5 2/3 innings, and the offense can't expect two runs to hold up. There was lots of blame to go around last night.

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Any chance Chris Ray could start going for three-inning saves? He's young. He can handle it.

Of course, that would require a lead.

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Details, details.

So, you still think losing David Newhan to a fractured right fibula was no big deal? Come on, you know who you are.

Let's give Melvin Mora another pat on the back for being a team guy. He's moving up to second in the order, a spot he'd rather avoid, and he's doing it for the good of the ballclub. Just like when the Orioles made him a utility player, and a shortstop, and a center fielder, and a corner outfielder, and a third baseman.

PAY THE MAN!

Strange stat of the week: The Devil Rays set a team record last night by walking 14 batters in a 4-2 win over the Yankees. Somehow, Daniel Cabrera was responsible for seven of them.

In the NBA, the Nuggets suspended Kenyon Martin Tuesday for "conduct detrimental to the team" after he sat out the second half of a 98-87 loss to the Clippers. In fairness to Martin, he probably saw the Clippers and had no idea it was a playoff game.

The suspension isn't expected to last longer than the first round. Neither are the Nuggets.

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