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Orioles get glimpse of the future in win over Boston

If there is a brighter future for the Orioles and their fans, it will only come with the continuing maturation of players like Adam Jones. He may not yet be the face of the the team but he is already the face of its rebuilding program. I don't overlook Nick Markakis. But although Nick is only 24 and on his way to becoming the rock of the team for years to come -- if he isn't already -- he did precede the Andy MacPhail era. He has already earned too many battle scars as an Oriole to be considered part of the deliberate rebuilding that most O's fans identify as having started in the 2007-08 off-season.

Jones didn't start out with the crackling sizzle of Cincinnati's 21-year-old Jay Bruce who has hit three homers and is batting .577 in his first seven games but the 22-year-old Jones has already shown what an asset he can be in the field while growing within his own abilities at the plate. He's hitting .250 with 21 RBIs batting late in the order. Last night, he helped salvage a win with the Red Sox with a three-run double in the eighth inning that gave the Orioles a 6-3 victory. The ball nearly left Camden Yards and in a year or so, you imagine that Jones' strength and power will increase and that similar drives will be just a bit higher and deeper.

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In the meantime, O's fans -- and starter Jeremy Guthrie -- can only keep their fingers crossed.  Guthrie continued to put in another solid effort and come away empty. This time it was 6 1/3 innings with just two runs allowed -- the fifth game in his last seven starts that he's allowed two or fewer earned runs. Guthrie got a no-decision last night and is 2-6 for the season. That's with a 3.58 ERA. In the entire majors, only the Red's Aaron Harang (2-7, 3.81) has had tougher luck.

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