Koji Uehara, who struggled against the Texas Rangers last week at The Ballpark in Arlington, was in total control in the first inning of tonight's series opener at Camden Yards. He struck out Ian Kinsler, got Michael Young on a soft grounder to second base and got Josh Hamilton on a check-swing third strike to bring the Orioles to the plate against right-hander Vicente Padilla.

Lest anyone forget, the Orioles hammered Padilla for seven runs on 11 hits in just 3 1/3 innings. He has seldom done well against the O's, coming into tonight's game with a 2-6 lifetime record and career 9.62 ERA against them. Guess you just have to hope the law of averages is on vacation.

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The early returns aren't good, from a standpoint of karma. Brian Roberts hit a shot down the first base line that landed inches foul before flying out and Adam Jones just lined out to Kinsler behind second base.

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