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I know security is tight at airports again, so I guess it's understandable that the Ravens had to leave behind their hair gel, toothpaste and running game.

By Week 4 of the exhibition schedule, I'm almost certain that Steve McNair will complete a pass for more than eight yards. I just feel it.

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How about those Orioles?

Daniel Cabrera hasn't allowed a run in his last 16 innings. Manager Sam Perlozzo removed him at the right time - after seven innings, and after Cabrera had issued two of his three walks.

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Cabrera's fastball was down to 93-94 mph, which is fine when he's locating it. His pitch count was low enough to allow for another inning, but it would have been a mistake.

Unfortunately, LaTroy Hawkins continues to scuffle, and Chris Ray was pressed into extended closing duty.

Think back to spring training, when we all wondered if Ray was ready to be the ninth-inning specialist. If I had told you that he'd be 30-for-32 in save situations, would you have believed it?

I wouldn't.

I wondered why Perlozzo waited until Kevin Millar reached third base to bring in Brandon Fahey as a pinch-runner in the seventh inning, rather than do it sooner, when Millar stood at second after a leadoff double. Turns out, Fahey stayed in a rundown long enough for Ramon Hernandez to reach third and Brian Roberts second, and Hernandez scored on Nick Markakis' sacrifice fly.

Perlozzo might have gotten lucky on that one, but he has more managerial wins than I do.

Tomorrow brings another game. And the Orioles need to beat up on this team. There aren't many breathers left on the schedule. Pound 'em.

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