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I feel good for Jeremy Guthrie. And I feel good the way it probably feels when you stop banging your head against the wall.

The Orioles' 7-1 win last night in San Diego ended their nine-game losing streak and, in a way, put the Sam Perlozzo era officially behind them. But it was refreshing for Baltimore to give their new ace some support for a change.

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Guthrie, the master on the no-decision quality start, actually got the win on the Left Coast after throwing eight innings of one-run, four-hit ball. He struck out nine and walked just one. As Orioles followers know, his 4-1 record is especially deceiving. He could have eight, nine wins easily with some decent hitting behind him and some reliable relief out of the bullpen. It was the first win for interim manager Dave Trembley, who saved the lineup card and the ball.

Things weren't entirely coming up roses for the Orioles, though. After all, this is the Orioles we're talking about here. Shortstop Miguel Tejada got smacked flush on the left wrist by a pitch in the eighth inning and, although he stayed in the game initially, he was replaced in the field and taken to a hospital for X-rays. They showed no break, but it remains to be seen whether Tejada's major league-leading streak of 1,151 consecutive games played will remain intact.

And, oh yeah, Baltimore hasn't come to terms yet with managerial candidate Joe Girardi.

* Since the Orioles won, we'll do a positive highlight here -- although Orioles fans may not consider it as such. The Rangers' Sammy Sosa -- a guy who had a locker for a spell down at Camden Yards and whose stay in Charm City will be remembered for a strange flesh-eating malady that panicked the clubhouse and the steroids controversy -- hit his 600th home run last night against the Cubs -- the team for whom he hit most of those homers. Sosa, who came out of retirement this season with Texas, is behind only Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. Mays finished with 660. While Sosa's legacy is tainted by the specter of steroids, his demeanor -- meaning gracious and humble -- has spared him the vitriol that Bonds gets in many quarters.

* And finally, word emerges from NASCAR Nation that the name of the Cup Series that is the identifying championship label of that sport may be changed for the second time since 2003. The Nextel Cup will apparently become the Sprint Cup because of a telecommunications merger. For three decades, we all got kind of comfortable with Winston Cup Series, but this is what happens when everything in your sport is up for sale.

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