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This Orioles' season is getting interesting. Not entirely good-interesting, but interesting nonetheless.

Baltimore beat San Diego, 6-3, yesterday, which was noteworthy in itself considering the O's were dragging around a nine-game losing streak like a ball-and-chain heading into Wednesday. We already know about managerial candidate Joe Girardi turning down the team's offer. Then came the indication and the confirmation that Miguel Tejada's wrist injury may be more serious than originally thought. And finally starting pitcher Eric Bedard strained a hamstring, ending his day early.

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Tejada went to the plate just once, batting No. 2, bunted (not so hot) and came out of the game.  Then we learned that he has a slight fracture from that nasty shot he took Wednesday that may end his playing streak at 1,152 games. There were questions about preserving it in the manner he did yesterday. Bedard was having a crisp game (two runs, nine strikeouts, no walks) when the hammie went tight in the sixth. He's a wait-and-see.

In an otherwise grim time, there was some levity. A "Pacman" Jones wannabe showered the field with dollar bills in the sixth inning just before O's catcher Alberto Castillo hit a solo homer to left field off Padres starter David Wells. Speaking of Wells (and I should talk because I'm no greyhound), but is it me or is he getting bigger? Unless it's considered performance-enhancing, get that man some hoodia already.

* Well, that Clemens thing is working out just dandy for the Yankees. The Rocket is 1-2 since his much-anticipated return, and he wasn't able to keep New York from getting swept by the Rockies, 4-3, in Denver yesterday. He did have a 2-0 lead but then Clemens gave up seven hits, including two homers, in 4 1/3 innings. The Yanks had won 14 of 17 heading into Coors Field, but all of the sudden, they stopped hitting. They're 10 1/2 behind the Red Sox in the AL East.

* And if only Big Pussy had been more like Jason Giambi, he might have made it to the last episode of the Sopranos. The Yankees' Giambi has agreed to talk with major league baseball's investigator, former Sen. George Mitchell, about the thinly veiled comments Giambi made earlier in the season about his own steroid use. But Giambi stressed that he would not talk about any other players. In a statement, Giambi said, "I will address my own personal history regarding steroids. I will not discuss in any fashion any other individual."

Giambi had the apparent temerity to suggest the obvious a few months ago, that all quarters of the baseball establishment owed an apology for the steroids era. And he made a tacit admission of his own use. Ever since, Selig has been threatening him with discipline unless he talked to Mitchell. Giambi has been on the DL with a foot injury.

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