The Orioles free-fall continued with another one of those efforts where they get ahead ... stay close ... stay close ... stay close ... and then, eeek, let it slip away at the end. This time in Detroit, the Tigers got a pinch-hit single from Sean Casey in the eighth to break what was then a 3-3 tie. The Tigers won, 5-4. Part of the disturbing storyline last night was O's starter Adam Loewen going just five innings (Tigers starter Chad Durbin went just 3 2/3). "It seems that we find a way to lose every night," Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts said. A further concern with Loewen is a sore left forearm. This is why guys like Toronto's Roy Halladay, who went the full nine for his team the night before, are so important.
And instead of being in an early pennant race with the Yankees, the Orioles are in a race to the bottom with New York.
Last night, that trainwreck of a Yankee pitching staff got a reprieve when rookie Phil Hughes had a no-hitter going into the seventh and New York beat the Rangers, 10-1. But the kid sprung a hamstring with one out in the seventh and could be out a month. If you haven't looked at the standings lately, and I wouldn't blame you if you haven't, the Yanks, despite still being in a last-place tie with Tampa Bay, are just a half-game behind the Orioles. Both the O's and Yanks are 2-8 in their last 10 games (the O's have lost eight of their past nine).
And the Golden State Warriors almost ascended to the level of NBA mythology when they came back from a 21-point deficit to scare the bejeebers out of the Dallas Mavericks, who did hold on to win AT HOME, 118-112. The Warriors are trying to become the first-ever No. 8 seed to knock off a No. 1 in the NBA playoffs and lead the series, three games to two. The Warriors were up by nine late in the game before the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 points during a 15-0 run to keep Dallas alive. The series goes back to Oakland tomorrow night.