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Today's paid attendance: 14,452. That equals the number of mental mistakes by the Orioles today.

The latest: Brian Roberts just fielded a ground ball with the bases loaded and two outs in the sixth and flipped to shortstop Miguel Tejada for the force - which he would have gotten if Tejada actually had been on the bag. He wasn't, and everyone was safe, increasing Oakland's lead to 3-1.

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A bases-loaded walk by John Parrish made it 4-1.

This is a game the Orioles had to win, with Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett facing them the next two nights.

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Jeremy Guthrie's line: Five innings, four hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and three strikeouts. He threw 72 pitches, 51 for strikes.

The April 15 game against Kansas City that was rained out has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 24, at 7:05 p.m.

Nick Swisher left today's game with a strained left hamstring.

Tejada is playing in his 1,100th consecutive game. Four more and he passes Joe Sewell for sixth place on the all-time list. Billy Williams is fifth at 1,117.

"The first day that I started it, I didn't believe I could play in so many games," he said. "But like I've said, I like to play every day, and every day I thank God for not being in pain and not being hurt. I'm just happy to see my career going one day at a time.

"God is the one that started this, and he's the one that will stop it. I'm not doing it because I want to catch Cal. I'm just doing it because I'm healthy, I want to play and I think I can play every day. One day, it's going to stop, but God's going to decide it. I'm not going to decide it, because if I'm never hurt, I'm going to be in the lineup every day if the manager decides to put me in there."

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