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The Orioles think they've got problems? I'm still in recovery mode after downing five crunchy taco supremes with hot sauce at 11:30 p.m.

You've got to admit, Taco Bell rules as midnight approaches. Who's with me here?

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Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett the next two nights. I'd feel a lot better about the Orioles' chances if someone named Dallas Braden didn't tie them in knots yesterday.

If I'm Sam Perlozzo, I'm doing a rain dance in my office - behind closed doors, of course.

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Plucking the good from yesterday's mess, let's not forget how Jeremy Guthrie should have been working on a shutout. All four runs scored because of misplays in the field. And he was hitting 97 mph on the stadium radar gun, which he said isn' t unusual. What stood out to him was his command of the pitch.

Leo Mazzone made sure to point out how good Guthrie threw as he passed reporters on his way out of the clubhouse. The guy was practically beaming.

The Orioles should have won both games. They weren't beaten. They determined their own fate, which is infuriating until you consider the alternative - being dominated by a "better" team, which usually happens around here.

I'm hoping to go an entire day without using the words "Mora" and "bunt" in the same sentence, though I will say that the Oakland clubhouse was almost unanimous in it's opinion that Mora made the right decision, but didn't execute it properly.

OK, enough on that topic.

No Dice-K in this series, but 40 members of the Japanese media are credentialed. I can't wait to hear their rendition of Sweet Caroline.

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