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David Hernandez proved me wrong...sort of. The 30 pitches he threw in the first inning ended up limiting him to just six very good innings tonight. He was up to 103 pitches -- and they were a very high-stress 103 pitches -- so Mark Hendrickson took over in the seventh and retired the side in order to remove any reason for debate about it.

Hernandez certainly would not have pitched beyond the seventh, so the timing of his removal is no longer relevant to the outcome, but I've got no problem with Dave Trembley and Rick Kranitz choosing not to let him pitch to Eric Hinske again.

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Just another solid outing by a rookie pitcher. What more could you ask?

Well, you could ask for the Orioles baserunners to be able to read the ball better at the new Yankee Stadium. Twice they've had a runner going and a ball hit off the wall in the right field corner and both times the runners stopped because of uncertainty about whether the ball would be caught.

The first time, Nolan Reimold probably would not have scored anyway. In the eighth, Cesar Izturis might have had a chance if he and third base coach Juan Samuel had been in some kind of communication. Just to add insult to injury, the Orioles had back to back runners tagged out at the plate to squander a big opportunity at a very critical time.

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