I'm buried in work again today, the pile almost choking the air out of me, though I see a thin steam of light trying to break through the mass.

Don't go toward the light, Roch. Don't do it...

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Anyway, a few quick observations about last night's Orioles' game before I get cranking again (I'm not looking for pity here, but I was still writing at 1:12 a.m. this morning. Made myself go to bed and get a solid five hours sleep before starting the process all over again. OK, I'm looking for a little pity):

Daniel Cabrera's pitch count stood at 101 when he was removed with two runners on base and one out in the seventh. He had retired seven in a row before Rod Barajas led off with a single. Given the state of the Orioles' bullpen, I'd see if Cabrera had another 20-30 pitches in him before leaving the dugout.

Or I'd refuse to leave the dugout altogether. The way things are going, Rick Kranitz and Dave Jauss each would have to take an arm and drag me to the mound.

Cabrera is the one pitcher who can be pushed a little harder than the other starters. Correction - A LOT harder. Unless he's asking out of the game, I'm placing an electric fence around the mound and making him stay. It's not like the barracade is going to affect his fielding.

Also, Dennis Sarfate can't walk Marco Scutaro with two outs in the seventh before facing Alex Rios, who followed with a three-run triple. That was the key at-bat in the inning.

Sarfate is supposed to be the bridge to the eighth inning. It's him or Lance Cormier. Trembley might have to make it a two-man job. Or take the tunnel instead.

What did we learn about Alberto Castillo? He drops down sidearmed against left-handers, and he gets a little nervous when making his major league debut, even at age 33.

Not trying to make excuses for catcher Ramon Hernandez's throwing error in the ninth, but am I the  only one who thought Vernon Wells interfered by stepping across home plate after striking out? Nobody argued, but it seemed pretty obvious to me. Hernandez had to throw over Wells. At least put up a fight afterward.

The bullpen and shortstop position became issues last night. Gotta admit, I didn't see it coming.

Down on the farm, Oscar Salazar went 3-for-3 with two walks last night for Triple-A Norfolk and is batting .313. Jim Miller, obtained in the Rodrigo Lopez trade, picked up his first save and lowered his ERA to 2.66. The bad news is he threw 21 pitches in the ninth. The good news is 16 of them were strikes.

And finally, no truth to the rumor that Brett Favre sent a text message to Packers general manager Ted Thompson, saying he wanted to play this season, and Thompson sent one back that read ROTFLMAO.

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