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First, the good news:

Brian Roberts is the Orioles' nominee for the annual Roberto Clemente Award that goes to the major league player who combines outstanding skills on the field with devoted work in the community.

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Roberts certainly is a worthy candidate. Much of his work with sick children is done privately and without any media attention, unless he's trying to raise money for a cause. He has a big heart. And trust me, you won't find a nicer guy in any clubhouse or locker room in any sport. He's a quality man, someone the organization can be proud of every single day.

If I had a vote, he'd get it.

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Now, last night's game:

Unfortunately, I stayed awake.

In a few more minutes, I'm certain that David Newhan will be rounding third base and Angels catcher Jose Molina will be waiting for him with baseball in mitt.

I understand the logic that you need to go for it with two outs in the 10th, figuring there might not be another chance, but it would have been nice if the play was at least close. It didn't take a perfect throw to get Newhan. Molina had time to chase the ball, stop in the dugout for a cup of water, wipe his mouth, check his cell phone messages and return to the plate.

My blood pressure already spiked in the ninth when Melvin Mora was trying to lay down a bunt, fouling it off, while Brian Roberts had a huge jump and easily would have stolen second.

My thinking: Have Roberts steal second - I like his chances against anybody - and either bunt him over to third or have the next three batters take their cuts and try to score him. We're talking Mora, Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada.

Roberts ended up at second on a wild pitch, but Mora, down two strikes, struck out looking and Markakis flied out.

Once the Angels walked Tejada with two outs, the obvious choice with Jeff Fiorentino on deck - forget the whole righty vs. lefty thing - manager Sam Perlozzo sent up Fernando Tatis as a pinch-hitter. Tatis looked overmatched while striking out, making Orioles pinch-hitters 4-for-55 this season.

Meanwhile, there's nothing else I can say about Julio Manon that I haven't already said in previous  entries. I'm not going to beat a dead horse, though I'm sure Dr. Dean Richardson would provide daily updates on it if I asked.

With two on and none out in the 10th, Adam Kennedy fouled off a bunt on Manon's first pitch to him. Every infielder gathered on the mound, including catcher Ramon Hernandez, of course, to talk stratagy with Manon.

Next pitch, home run. Game over. Drive safely.

Or just roll over and try to sleep.

Kris Benson pitches well enough to win and ends up with a no-decision.

I know it's hard to believe. Stay calm. Continue to breathe normally.

This guy easily could be a 15-game winner with just a little more support from the offense and/or bullpen.

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