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Orioles' defense is offensive, other notes

It started early when left fielder Corey Patterson misplayed Cliff Pennington's flyball into a two-run double, and then it continued throughout the game.

For all the talk about the punchless offense, the leaky back end of the bullpen and the recent run of poor starting pitching, the Orioles' defense could be the team's weakest area and that is saying something.

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The outfielders, other than Nick Markakis, don't take good routes on balls or make consistently accurate throws. The infield defense is brutal, which shouldn't surprise anybody when you essentially got three guys playing out of position on a nightly basis. The Orioles don't complete routine double plays, they don't get to many balls and they struggle to make the plays even when they do. It's awful to watch on a nightly basis.

A couple of other notes: Philadelphia Phillies Special Assistant to the General Manager Charley Kerfeld has been scouting the Orioles the past couple of days. With Chase Utley and Placido Polanco out, the Phillies obviousy need an infielder (Ty Wigginton?, Miguel Tejada?), and they also have been mentioned in connection with Kevin Millwood and Jeremy Guthrie.

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U.S. World Cup soccer coach Bob Bradley out the first pitch tonight and while it sailed a little high, it certainly was a respectable effort. I guess that shouldn't come as a surprise as Bradley's brother is former Seattle Mariner Scott Bradley. "I'm from a baseball family," Bob Bradley said. "They were teasing me today, saying 'Make sure you don't short hop it.' So I think they were watching. I can still throw a little bit."

As for soccer, Bradley predicted that Brazil would win the World Cup, admitting that he wasn't totally going out on a limb.

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