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Pitching on a tear, O's split


Rodrigo Lopez's 2006 season has seemed like a miniature reflection of his team's.

He has struggled more than he has thrived. The talk around town says he might be discarded soon. But every so often, when all the tidings seem dire, Lopez pitches a terrific game as he did yesterday against the Texas Rangers.

Athletics@O's Tonight, 7:05, Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Athletics' Jason Windsor (major league debut) vs. Orioles' Adam Loewen (0-2, 7.12)

Scouting report

Oakland Athletics@Orioles

Day Time TV Starters

Tonight 7:05 CSN Jason Windsor (major league debut) vs. Adam Loewen (0-2, 7.12)

Tomorrow 7:05 CSN Esteban Loaiza (3-5, 6.34) vs. Russ Ortiz (0-1, 8.68)

Wednesday 12:35 CSN Barry Zito (9-6, 3.30) vs. Kris Benson (9-8, 4.59)

Radio: All games on 1090 AM

Clamping down

After getting hammered in a 15-1 loss in the series opener Thursday night, Orioles pitchers turned around and shut down the Rangers, holding them to three runs over the next three games in salvaging a split of the four-game series:

Day IP R H BB SO Result

Friday 9 2 4 3 2 L, 2-1

Saturday 9 1 6 1 10 W, 8-1

Yesterday 9 0 5 1 6 W, 4-0

Totals 27 3 15 5 18

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