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Pie's big adventure (updated)

Guess Felix Pie's hand is okay, because he just came up for the second time in the seventh inning and tripled to become only the fourth player in Orioles history to hit for the cycle...and here's an even quirkier stat. Cesar Izturiz was on deck needing a home run to become the fifth Oriole to turn that trick.

The last Orioles player to hit for the cycle was Aubrey Huff on June 29, 2007. Cal Ripken and Brooks Robinson are the other two Orioles players who have accomplished the rare feat.

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Izturis had a single, double and triple -- in that order -- before coming up for his opportunity at the cycle, but bounced out to first base to end the seven-run rally.

Pie didn't just help the Orioles with his bat tonight. He also showed off his five-tool talent when he made a fantastic diving play to rob Chone Figgins of a possible extra-base hit in the third inning (upper right).

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Apparently, Pie got under the skin of Angels manager Mike Scioscia with his excited gyrations at third base after the triple. Scioscia stared him down as he went to the mound to make a pitching change, and apparently got the message across that you don't show up the opposition with a huge lead.

"I'm sad, because I showed too much emotion on the field,'' Pie said afterward. "I apologize to Mike Scioscia and the Angels for that. I just got too excited."

Associated Press photo

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