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It was about time for Russ Ortiz to run for cover anyway.

This wasn't necessarily a make-or-break start for Ortiz, but the Orioles needed to start seeing results.

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They did for two innings, but a triple and consecutive home runs by Bobby Crosby and Mark Ellis tied the game, 3-3. Ortiz also drilled Mark Kotsay in the right ear flap.

Remember Nick Swisher getting hit twice last night. I'm sure the A's haven't forgotten. Things could get interesting, assuming this game resumes.

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During batting practice today, manager Sam Perlozzo spoke about wanting to see Ortiz pitch deeper into the game. Ortiz totaled 9 1/3 innings in his first two starts with the Orioles.

Asked about Ortiz's future if he struggled tonight, Perlozzo said, "I'm trying to think positive and think that he's going to do well and be in the rotation. It's just something you're going to have to evaluate after he goes out there. I think he's getting better each time. I just  hope it transfers into a game for us. We can't afford to have too many guys not pitching well for us."

Making his Yankees debut, former Oriole Sidney Ponson is losing, 3-2, in the fourth inning. He gave up a three-run shot to Richie Sexson in the first.

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