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The Red Sox have beaten the Orioles in seven straight games, their longest streak since taking seven in a row from Oct. 4, 2001 to April 7, 2002.

"I sat there the whole time thinking we were going to win the game 3-2," manager Sam Perlozzo said.

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LaTroy Hawkins hasn't allowed a hit or a run in his three appearances this season covering four innings. He replaced Sendy Rleal, who escaped trouble in the sixth after Jason Varitek's run-scoring double by striking out Trot Nixon and retiring Alex Gonzalez. Rleal showed great composure, but he also walked three batters in 1 1/3 innings.

Perlozzo came out to argue that Javy Lopez had been hit on the hand by a Curt Schilling pitch in the seventh inning. Lopez removed his batting glove, revealing a bruise, and was awarded first base.

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"I was hoping that's what we'd be able to see," Perlozzo said.

Lopez stayed in the game, so it wasn't anything serious. If it had been, the club would have described it as a contusion.

The Orioles will go into tomorrow's game with the same 11-man pitching staff. They could use a long outing from starter Rodrigo Lopez, but at least John Halama is available to go three or four innings if needed. Tim Byrdak also should be fresh enough to pitch, and Chris Ray had an easy inning tonight.

Meanwhile, a reader asked me about the possibility of the Orioles relocating their Triple-A franchise from Ottawa. We all keep hearing various rumors, but for now, they're stuck in Canada.

If you think it was cold in Baltimore tonight, try visiting Ottawa in April. The last two games have been postponed because of rain, and I'm told the tarp actually froze on the field today.

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