Floyd Landis could become the first Tour de France winner to be stripped of his title. But here's the really weird part: As the No. 1 challenger, Hasim Rahman would become champion.

Back to the Orioles: Today's one-hitter was the team's first since Mike Mussina's in 2000.


Does that qualify as ironic?

Here's the exchange between Adam Loewen and Sam Perlozzo in the seventh inning when the manager visited the mound after leadoff walks to Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi:

Perlozzo: "Are you tired?"

Loewen: "I don't get tired."

That was good enough for Perlozzo, who promised Loewen one more batter. The rookie struck out Jorge Posada and left to a loud ovation.

"He gives you all the answers that you expect to hear," Perlozzo said. "He's a young kid. He was dead serious, though."

Loewen appreciated Perlozzo's faith in him.

"I didn't think he'd let me face another batter," Loewen said. "For him to say, 'This is your last batter. Go get him,' gave me a lot of confidence. I focused even more after that."

Mussina threw 42 pitches in the second inning, including nine to Brian Roberts, who drove in two runs with a single.

"That was a key inning, no question," Perlozzo said. "We were laying off a lot of balls, making him throw a lot of pitches. I was sitting there thinking that he wouldn't get through five and that would be it. I was at least hoping that."

It's safe to say this game is the highlight of Loewen's young career.

"I don't think I've ever pitched like that against such a great team," he said. "It feels good to get that one out of the way. Hopefully, there are a lot more to come."

Loewen tried to remain stoic as he walked off the mound in the seventh and the fans rose to their feet.

"I was trying not to smile," he said. "I've never had a standing ovation. I don't know if they were standing, but it was pretty loud."


The Yankees must make a roster move tomorrow. They placed Miguel Cairo on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Robinson Cano isn't ready to be activated.