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Ninety percent of baseball is half mental

Yogi Berra knew what he was talking about, and he apparently was talking about Garrett Olson, who suddenly has morphed back into the guy the Orioles were hoping would develop into a dependable third or fourth starter.

Olson pitched a solid 5 2/3 innings, only to end up getting the loss when Jim Miller came on to give up a two-run double to Gregg Zahn in the bottom of the sixth. The outcome might have been different if Kevin Millar had been able to hold onto a double play relay from Juan Castro that would have cleared the bases before Lyle Overbay's two-out single convinced manager Dave Trembley to make the pitching change.

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That was unfortunate, but the important thing is that Olson got an important confidence boost in what probably was his second-to-last start of the season. He really needs to go into the winter feeling he can compete at this level, and tonight's performance had to help.

Meanwhile in the AL East: Evan Longoria hit three homers in tonight's game against the Minnesota Twins, but the Twins scored five times in the ninths to score an 11-8 comeback victory at the Trop. The loss trimmed the Rays' division lead to 1 1/2 games over the Red Sox, who were idle. Longoria had a shot at a fourth homer in the ninth inning, but grounded back to the mound against Twins closer Joe Nathan.

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