If Garrett Olson is asked to name his "Welcome To The Big Leagues Moment," he might recall last night's game,

On a small roll heading into it, he was plopped down at Yankee Stadium in front of 50,000 people, the majority of them passionate about their team - a few to a fault.


Yes, that's Alex Rodriguez standing in the box. The other guy? That's Derek Jeter. Just be sure not to come inside on him.

By the way, did we mention this is Yankee Stadium? Pretty loud, huh? Well, too bad. Now focus!

It isn't easy.

We'll find out later today if Melvin Mora can play after cutting and bruising his right ring finger. I doubt it. It looks worse than it sounds, and Mora is traditionally a slow healer. Day-to-day often becomes a week-long thing. Hopefully, that's not the case here, but if he can't grip a baseball, he won't be playing third base.

I also have my doubts that Alex Cintron can make the throws at third. And that concerns me, since he's supposed to be able to make them at shortstop, too. Aubrey Huff won't win any Gold Gloves, but he'll likley start in Mora's place.

None of you should be surprised that the Orioles' bats went silent against Darrell Rasner. He's exactly the kind of pitcher who shuts them down - young, promising, trying to establish himself. He's off to a great start, and that includes Triple-A. He still hasn't lost a game. But guys like him become Pedro Martinez against the Orioles. It's a long list.

I don't see Ian Kennedy doing the same thing, not at 0-3 with an 8.48 ERA. He's better than that, and maybe he finally shows it tonight, but he's been a 4A pitcher in 2008. The Orioles need to treat him as such.

I'm preparing to print out my Southwest boarding pass. I'll by flying to Tampa tomorrow morning for the three-game series with the Rays. Roch Around the Clock is taking its act on the road. And what better place than The Trop?