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At least Dave Trembley recognizes a problem and tries to address it.

The Orioles manager was right-on when he said after yesterday's 7-4 loss to the Red Sox that the Orioles' most pressing need at the moment was to figure out a way to get through the seventh inning.  Middle relief has been killing Baltimore and it happened again yesterday when reliever Rob Bell gave up four runs that allowed Boston to break a 3-3 tie.  The previous game, it was a similar situation when Boston put up a four-spot, again in the seventh, to overtake the O's and go on to win, 5-4.

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Tembley talked about reshuffling the pitching deck.  With closer Chris Ray hurt, his few options are going to come from the minors in a series of moves that involve shifting Brian Burres from the starting rotation and into middle relief with his spot likely filled by Garrett Olson (currently in Norfolk).  The other move Trembly is considering is designating a closer in Ray's absence -- probably Danys Baez.  That may make you nervous in the ninth (Baez has an ERA north of 5.00) but Trembley isn't exactly dealing from strength here.

The Orioles move on to Tampa Bay today where the competition should be much easier -- and the ballpark much quieter -- than up in Fenway.

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* Barry Bonds did not get home run No. 755 (1-for-2, two walks) and the Giants, who were 4-2 winners over the Dodgers, now go to San Diego.  Alex Rodriguez didn't get No. 500 either as the Yankees and White Sox each scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion in the second (both scored eight runs) with Chicago winning, 13-9.

* And Mark Teixira hit his second home run in his second game for the Braves since being traded from the Texas Rangers but Atlanta still lost to Houston, 12-11, in 14 innings.

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