Oakland defeated Kansas City, 17-3

JaMarcus Russell had two touchdown passes.


The Orioles are still ahead, 8-6, in the seventh inning. Daniel Cabrera allowed six runs and eight hits in six innings, but he didn't walk anyone.

Orioles pitching coach Leo Mazzone has been preaching to Brian Burres and Jeremy Guthrie that they shouldn't treat their starts as auditions. Just go out there and have fun. He said those words to Guthrie as they walked from the bullpen to the dugout before Guthrie's last appearance.

Burres will try to put that advice to good use tomorrow night in Fenway Park.

"He said, 'You're here doing it. Get it done,'" Burres said.

"It should be easy, and hopefully it will be easier to just go out there and do what you can do, instead of thinking about, 'What's going to happen next?' Just worry about now and the rest will come later."

He'll have plenty to worry about tomorrow. In case you haven't noticed, the Red Sox are pretty hot right now. But he'll also be matched against Julian Tavarez, who's 1-3 with a 6.48 ERA.

The Orioles have to win that game. They'll face Curt Schilling and Josh Beckett the next two days.

If David Ortiz comes to the plate in the late innings with runners on base, do you bring in Jamie Walker? You just know that scene is going to play out. And we'll have lots to talk about again.