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The Orioles are on the South Side for another road series against another pretty good Chicago White Sox team, and you have to believe they'll eventually jump and bite somebody. They did that in the finale of the Tampa Bay series, when Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold accounted for seven runs with two swings.

Trouble is, eight runs almost wasn't enough. The O's bullpen -- with the help of a key error -- gave back three in the eighth and it almost got away again. Fortunately for the O's, Jim Johnson nailed it down for his fifth save, though the potential tying run was at third base when the game ended.

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Tonight, we'll find out if Jeremy Guthrie has made any progress in his attempt to minimize the mistake pitches that have plagued him all season. Tomorrow, David Hernandez will get another chance to show why he should be in the club's 2010 rotation. And Sunday, O's fans can hope there is such thing as a reverse lock when Jason Berken pits his 2-11 record and terrible offensive support against 11-game winner Mark Buehrle.

Actually, I don't think it qualifies as a reverse lock matchup, because Buehrle hasn't won a decision since since July 23, a span of five starts.

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