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I realize this blog is just four days' old but already there are two words I long to write in succession.
               Orioles win.
               Despite a solid pitching effort from Baltimore starter (well, I was able to at least write that) Steve Trachsel , the O's dropped another one in Detroit to the Tigers, 3-2. 
               That's nine loses in 10 games and dropped Baltimore into a last-place tie with the Yankees, who gained ground on the O's by simply not playing.
               BUT there's good news.  Major League Baseball denied Cleveland's protest of an Orioles victory on Saturday when Baltimore was awarded a run a few innings after the fact because of an umpire's error.
                *  The Giants' Barry Bonds hit his 743rd home run. That's Aaron minus-12.
                *  A major league record was set in less controversial fashion last night when the Braves' Jarrod Saltalamacchia became the player with the longest last name (in the live-ball era) -- 14 letters.  If you saw the Phillies-Braves game, his name rainbowed from rib cage to rib cage.
                *  And in the NBA last night, Kobe Bryant (Lakers) and Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony (Nuggets) were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs, respectively.  
                 The Lakers' top gun, Bryant, was the league's top scorer, and the Suns' superstar, Steve Nash, was the NBA's assist leader.  I realize it doesn't tell the whole story, but I still think there's a moral in there somewhere.
       

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