Jason Berken had just one bad inning over the course of his five-inning performance, but four runs is four runs and -- with the run support he has gotten since he got up there -- four runs is almost certainly going to be enough to send him to his 10th defeat.

Though I was incredulous when it was decided to keep him in the rotation, it's only fair to point out that his record might not look so bad if the Orioles offense had given him anything to work with over the past couple of months.

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Going forward, I would assume he'll keep his place, since he has had more success in his last two starts than during the period when it looked like the club was getting ready to bring somebody up to take his place.

Instant update: Did I speak too soon? The Orioles just got on the board on Aubrey Huff's two-run home run and now are within a run after Luke Scott doubled and center fielder Rajai Davis misplayed a single by Matt Wieters so badly that Scott scored and Wieters ended up at third base with one out. The O's are a fly ball away from getting Berken off the hook.

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