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Orioles: Berken battered

Every time I watch Jason Berken pitch, I can see how the Orioles keep thinking his luck is going to change and he's going to string together a couple of wins. He looked good early and still got dinged for a run on three infield hits in the second inning, then gave up three homers in the middle innings to seal his usual fate. Mix in the Orioles' typical lack of run support while he's on the mound and it all adds up to a 2-10 record that soon figures to be 2-11.

No great injustice. He gave up 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings. You're not going to win a lot of games doing that.

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Maybe the Orioles know enough about Berken's makeup to be confident that his psyche isn't being damaged by the mounting defeats, but you've got to feel for the guy. He won his first major league start when he was called up, but his brief major league career has been a nightmare ever since.

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