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If you want to win on the road in the American League East, you've got to take advantage when you get in a position to score in the late innings, but the Orioles couldn't even move Nick Markakis up after that leadoff double in the 10th. There were some questionable umpiring calls at the end -- and I'm disturbed that home plate umpire Gary Cederstrom was too stubborn to ask for help on a dirt ball he could not possibly have seen -- but the O's didn't do enough to help themselves to blame this loss on anything but their inability to drive in runs.

Guess this goes in the moral victory column, since Chris Tillman showed everyone why the Orioles are so excited about him.

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Clearly, the injury to Brian Roberts early in the game was a big factor, since it stacked light-hitting Cesar Izturis and Robert Andino back-to-back in the lineup and created a situation where Ty Wigginton was at second base in the 10th to come up short on a pair of defensive plays that Roberts might have made.

Hard to pin this one on Dave Trembley, but I'm sure somebody will find a way.

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Tillman update: Trembley said that Tillman had trouble getting loose early in the game, but that there was nothing physically wrong with him. I'm not buying it. He spent too much time stretching his back both in the dugout and on the mound, but he did loosen up late in the game and his velocity reflected it.

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