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Walk the line

Daniel Cabrera issued seven walks in five innings. He threw a wild pitch. He committed a balk. He left with the Orioles losing 5-2.

But he didn't kill anybody. That part was good.

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You know it's going poorly when you throw 106 pitches, and the game hasn't gotten into the sixth inning yet. Only 54 were strikes. Another hint that it's just not your night.

Luis Matos was listed as the center fielder on the lineup posted outside the clubhouse, but he actually was starting in left. That might explain why he veered toward center on Carlos Guillen bases-clearing double to left.

Unless the Orioles rally, and Jeff Conine's two-run homer in the sixth is a pretty good start, the Orioles will lose to another left-hander. For those of you wondering if they have a left-hander to throw batting practice, that would be Sam Snider.

"He can't throw the whole group, obviously," manager Sam Perlozzo said.

"You know, I think we have good enough hitters that we're kind of stacked for left-handed pitching. They've done it all their lives, and just for some reason, we're not. I wish I could put my finger on it. I think the lineup is built to do a lot better against left-handed pitching and we're just not getting that done."

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