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How long can O's stay with Bergesen?

That question doesn't apply to this game, which Bergesen has already departed after 2 2/3 innings. It was the shortest start of his career. He allowed seven runs, though only four were earned, on six hits and three walks. All the runs came in the third inning.

Casey Kotchman delivered the final nail with a two-run homer to right after Milton Bradley had stroked a two-run double. But Bergesen, whose control is normally one of his best assets, delivered back-to-back walks in the inning, which, coupled with Ty Wigginton's error on a potential inning-ending double play ball, led to his downfall.

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Actually, the question referred to how long can the Orioles stay with Bergesen in the rotation. Through three starts, he has a 12.20 ERA, and he's allowed 21 hits and five walks in 10 1/3 innings. I bet the Orioles send him out there at least one more time, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

The Orioles also don't have a hit in four innings against Doug Fister. So much for carrying the momentum from Sunday's performance.

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