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For the Orioles last night, there was a new leader in the dugout but the same old result.

In San Diego -- being led by interim manager Dave Trembley and awaiting word on who their new real boss will be -- the Orioles lost, 12-6, to San Diego. They were never really in it, falling behind, 5-0, closing to within 5-3 in the top of the sixth and immediately surrendering six runs in the bottom of the inning as the Padres battered the bullpen.

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The real story was happening in the Central Time Zone, where the Orioles brass, now led by soon-to-be-announced chief operating officer Andy MacPhail was in Chicago, interviewing former Marlins manager and current Yankees announcer Joe Girardi. The team is expected to talk with a couple of other candidates, including former Orioles manager Davey Johnson, ex-Giants and Cubs manager Dusty Baker and perhaps former Oriole and current announcer Rick Dempsey.

The losing streak is now at nine and Baltimore has lost 14 of 16. Those numbers, as we all know, are mostly irrelevant now. The season, and the team's future, starts anew when a manager is named. Although it really began with the hiring of MacPhail.

* We have vowed to only highlight other teams' lowlights until the Orioles break their current losing streak and today's team most like the Orioles (well, not really because they're still in first place) are the Mets. The National League New Yorkers dropped their eighth game in the last 10, this time to Minnesota, 9-0. Johan Santana threw the shutout for the Twins, and the Mets committed a season-high four errors. New York, although still atop the NL East, has seen the Braves close to within a game-and-a-half and the Phillies to within two, even though those two clubs haven't exactly been tearing it up.

* A team with one of the funniest nicknames in all of sports, the UC Irvine Anteaters knocked off perennial college baseball powerhouse Arizona State, 8-7, in 10 innings in an elimination game of the College World Series last night and are now two wins away from reaching the championship round. It was the second extra-inning victory in a row for the Anteaters. They outlasted Cal State Fullerton, 5-4, in a 5-hour, 40-minute 13-inning marathon on Monday.

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