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Orioles Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver was a proponent of the big inning theory. Except, I'm fairly sure Earl was talking about your own team having the big inning. In contrast, the 2007 Orioles are perfecting the art of giving up the big inning. Like big, BIG innings.

In last night's 17-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays (at this pace, the Orioles would rank last in points allowed if they were an NFL team), Baltimore's overwhelmed bullpen gave up an eight-run inning that was capped by a grand slam by Carlos Pena.

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This is becoming embarrassingly familiar. Remember, besides last night's eight-run fourth inning, in the last couple of weeks alone the Orioles have had the opposition score 11, 10 and nine runs in a single frame.

* Meanwhile, in the National League, the Phillies' relief pitchers were busy earning their honorary Orioles membership cards and decoder rings with their own performance that managed to top even the Baltimore bullpen. The Phillies became the first team in 518 tries this season to squander a six-run lead after seven innings. The Phils, who are nominally in a fight for a wild-card spot, lost to Atlanta, 9-8, after Tom Gordon and Brett Myers combined to give up seven runs on eight hits (some of them bloops and choppers) and three walks in 1 2/3 innings.

But getting back to the O's, in case you missed it, we bring you this highlight of the Devil Rays' eight-run rally.

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