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The Orioles can curse the fates and the inequities of the baseball economy all they want, but it all goes out the window when they can't win a series at home against a team much less fortunate than themselves.

The A's won the season series, five games to one, which renders moot the argument that it is impossible to compete with the well-heeled New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox in the American League East. Now, the O's get to test their top young starters against a Los Angeles Angels team that is among the best in baseball, which will be interesting to watch but probably won't be pretty.

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Today's featured fruitless at-bat belongs to Ty Wigginton, who is a completely different hitter when there are runners in scoring position and two outs (.333) than in the more promising situations with fewer than two outs. He popped up with the tying run on third base and one out during the Orioles one scoring inning after jumping ahead 2-0 on the count, dropping his average with RISP and less than two outs to .179.

Shameless plug alert: Join me tonight at six for "Sportsline" on WBAL (1090 AM) as me, Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley and WBAL football analyst/broadcaster Stan White look ahead to tomorrow night's Ravens/Redskins preseason opener at M&T Bank Stadium. We'll also let you vent on the Orioles in the wake of this afternoon's loss to the Oakland A's. If you're out of signal range, go to WBAL.com and click on the "Listen Live" icon.

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