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The Orioles' season is becoming something like water torture for their fans.

One-run loss (drip). Two-run loss (drip). One-run loss (drip).

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If they were absolutely, completely horrible, you could turn your back and move on.  But they tease you, let you believe there's some hope that tonight will be the night the bullpen gets the key out, that the offense gets the key hit. Oh well, you know where this is heading.  The O's lost to Toronto last night, 2-1, making Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Litsch, who was making his first major league start in place of Roy Halladay (appendectomy), look like Roy Halladay.

Last night's game ended with runners at the corners and Aubrey Huff grounding out. Wasted was eight strong innings by Daniel Cabrera, although even on good nights he's barely throwing more strikes (59) than balls (51).

* The Big Unit,  who at age 43 has been struggling a bit this year, looked like the old Randy Johnson with six scoreless innings and 9 Ks in helping Arizona to a 3-0 win over Colorado.

* Detroit goalie Dominik Hasek, age 42 (we will always play the old guys big here), tossed his own shutout as the Red Wings routed the Anaheim Ducks, 5-0, to take a 2 games to 1 lead in their NHL Western Conference finals.  In the game, two Ducks did a Hanson Brothers on Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom, simultaneously plastering him into the boards and putting a gash across his head.  One of the bad guys was Rob Niedermayer (who got five minutes and ejected), but the other Duck was not brother Scott, which, of course, would have been perfect.

* And in the NBA playoffs, Utah closed the door on the short-lived Cinderella run of Golden State.  The Warriors, who made a bit of history as a No. 8 seed knocking out No. 1 seed Dallas in the first round, went quietly into that good night, 4-1, against the Jazz.  Meanwhile, the Chicago Bulls, who were down 3-nil to Detroit, have won back-to-back games, including last night, 108-92.

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