It really is just a footnote to the Orioles' 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, but right-hander Chris Jakubauskas took the final step in his comeback from a vicious drilling last April.

Three times on Wednesday he faced the Cardinals Lance Berkman, who was the guy who hit that liner on April 24, 2010 in Houston that bounced off Jakubauskas' head – right above his right ear – and caromed more than 60 feet in the air.

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Jakubauskas, then with the Pirates, didn't pitch in the big leagues again in 2010. He made it back with the Orioles in relief in April and this season and then started his first game in June.

On Wednesday, he faced Berkman, walking him in a nine-pitch battle in the first, allowing a sacrifice fly in the third and intentionally walking him in the fifth.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't thinking about it the last two, three days. But when he gets in there, it is more, 'OK, well here we go.'" Jakubauskas said. "I got strike one I believe on him. So that was kind of the big thing. Just throw strike one. Other than that, I wasn't trying to focus too much on it."

Strangely, what really broke the psychological ice for Jakubauskas was Colby Rasmus' two-run homer in the third. It no longer mattered who Jakubauskas was facing then, he needed to try and keep the Orioles in the game.

"As bad as it was, the homer really took it off (my mind) real quick," Jakubauskas said. "I wasn't worried about anything else after that."

One more quote from Jakubauskas: "Last night, it ran through my head a lot. But I woke up, kind of went through the motions today at my apartment waiting to get here and it kind of never really crept into my mind until he got into the box. And then I was like, 'OK, here we go.' It really wasn't on the forefront of my mind. It was more that he was another guy. But it did feel really good to get out there and get it over with."

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