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Apparently, Orioles fans aren't the only ones frustrated by the Mother's Day Meltdown in Boston when Baltimore let a five-run lead slip away in the ninth inning and lost to Boston, 6-5.

Yesterday, in Toronto after another come-from-ahead defeat, 5-3, this time to the Blue Jays, Orioles Melvin Mora and Jay Payton had to be held apart from each other as they squabbled leaving the field.  Payton, the game's last out, was upset that Mora, a base runner, had distracted him and led to Payton taking a called second strike. Everyone said the right things later about smoothing things over, but this is beginning to have the feel of the wheels coming off. Oh yeah, the Orioles gave up a three-run lead and ace Erik Bedard hasn't won a game since April 18.

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* They haven't had much to cheer about down in Washington this season with the Nationals already 12 games under .500 but last night at least, Nats starter Jason Bergmann outdeuled the Braves John Smoltz, 2-1.  Bergmann carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

* The crowd down at Fletcher's, the Fells Point bar where Buffalo ex-patriots gather to cheer for the Sabres, had to be sorely disappointed last night.  The Sabres dropped another close game, 1-0, to the Ottawa Senators and are on the brink of elimination from the NHL playoffs, down three games to none.

* Speaking of hockey, San Antonio's Robert Horry body-checked  Phoenix star Steve Nash into the scorer's table near the end of the Suns' comeback win over the Spurs last night.  But Nash had already done his damage with 24 points and 15 assists (some of them the spectacular behind-the-back variety) to even that series, 2-2.

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