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Orioles: Today's apologia

It was hard to watch CC Sabathia tie the Orioles lineup in knots for much of last night, but that game wasn't going to be in the win column whether it was 3-0, 6-3 or 15-3. In this case, a loss is a loss, and about all Orioles fans can hope for when the O's wrap up this rain-shortened series today at Camden Yards is that the Yankees hitters will be tired and sore when they face Jake Arrieta. Pretty sure Russell Martin will be.

Eventually, the Orioles are going to have to show that they can play with the denizens of the Evil Empire if they are to be taken seriously in the American League East. Arrieta has proven he is not afraid of that lineup, so maybe today is the day that the O's assert themselves and quit reinforcing the notion that they are both overmatched and intimidated by the Yankees.

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Brad Bergesen actually did a good job of collecting himself after that three-run first inning, but you can't give Sabathia a head start when he's already proven -- many, many times -- that he doesn't need any help to dominate the Orioles.


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