On the field: Orioles manager Phil Regan was ejected for the second time this season, and for the second time, the umpire was Greg Kosc. After Kosc called Damion Easley safe on a tag play at third base, Regan hustled out of the dugout and argued vehemently with Kosc for several minutes before getting the boot. What did Regan say to get ejected? "I told him he was a great umpire," Regan dead-panned.

In the dugout: Regan already has picked out the pen he'll use to draw up the lineup cards for Cal Ripken's milestone games tonight and tomorrow -- a black ballpoint, with the word Maryland on the side. The pen, Regan said, will be sent to the Babe Ruth Museum.

In the clubhouse: Hard-throwing Angels reliever Troy Percival was booed loudly after he nearly hit Ripken with a pitch in the seventh inning. "It was just a hanging curveball. If I got it over the plate, he probably would've hit it a mile," Percival said. "He's a class act. If he gets hit, it's not going to be on purpose.

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