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It has reached the point where I'm starting to wonder what the rest of the Orioles have against Jason Berken. The guy has gotten some of the worst run-support in the major leagues, and today he found himself in a first-inning jam after getting the first two Chicago White Sox batters to hit routine ground balls.

Robert Andino booted the first one and Melvin Mora threw the second one into a camera well. So Berken pitched well enough to get the first two outs and instead was down by a run with another runner on second base and no one out. To his credit, he bounced back to work through the heart of the Sox order without further damage, but he's not good enough to get five outs in an inning very often.

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The Orioles did get Berken a run in the top of the first, but even that inning was an illustration of why they have struggled badly in the second half. Three of the first four batters reached base, but the O's could not take full advantage. The best thing about the top of the first was that they made Mark Buehrle throw a lot of pitches, but they quickly made up for that in the second by swinging early in the count and going out quickly.

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