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Greet the new arrival

Let's say that highly touted Orioles pitching prospect Garrett Olson had a Fourth of July yesterday roughly similar to the one most of us had back here in Baltimore: solid, but not spectacular.

Maybe if the weather here had stayed as gorgeous as it was Sunday or Monday, with an absence of rain for the evening's fireworks, yesterday's Independence Day celebrations would have been among the best ever. As it was, the barbecuing, parades and the day off for most of us made it worthwhile.

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Similarly, Olson, a former second-round pick in what is now called the First Year Player Draft, gritted out his first major league start, surrendering two runs and five hits, but also five walks in 4 1/3 innings as the Orioles gave owner Peter Angelos a nice birthday present with a 9-6 win over the Chicago White Sox.

Olson was just two outs away from qualifying for the win, but interim manager Dave Trembley probably did the right thing in lifting him after 87 pitches in the fifth, with Paul Konerko coming to the plate and Jermaine Dye on deck and the Orioles leading by four.

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The next question is whether Olson, who pitched well at Triple-A Norfolk, did enough last night to warrant a second start for the Orioles.


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