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I realize the Orioles' season has started out with a familiarity that has fourth place, or thereabouts, written all over it.  But give them credit for at least beating the teams they should beat.

Last night, relief came in the form of part-time starter Jeremy Guthrie, who pitched six innings and gave up one run in beating Tampa Bay, 8-3.  Nick Markakis hit his first home run since mid-April early in the game and Jay Gibbons, who was batting below .200, went 3-for-4.  So, we'll take those as hopeful signs.

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* One of the main reasons the Orioles appear to be also-rans in the AL East so early in the season, namely the Boston Red Sox, kept chugging along with a 9-2 victory over Toronto.  Josh Beckett became the first seven-game winner this season with seven innings of one-run pitching. Beckett's ERA is just 2.51.  The Red Sox have a six-game lead over the second-place Yankees and are seven in front of the Orioles.

* Like it or not, Barry Bonds will break Hank Aaron's record.  Last night he hit No. 745 for the Giants' only run in a 4-1 loss to the Mets, putting him within 10 of tying Aaron. New York outfielder Carlos Beltran offered to give buzzcuts to his teammates yesterday as an all-for-one, one-for-all gesture and many of his teammates took him up on it.

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