They have grown accustomed to this type of outing from one of their young starters every five days. For nearly 3 1/2 months, the Orioles sent Daniel Cabrera to the mound and watched him mix periods of dominance with frustrating wildness, until their patience finally ran out.
The Orioles demoted Cabrera to Triple-A Ottawa last week, and summoned rookie Adam Loewen to take his spot. Last night, Loewen did his best Cabrera impression, allowing one hit in five innings but walking six. However, by the end of a near three-hour game played in stifling heat, Loewen's wildness was merely a subplot.
Athletics@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Athletics' Esteban Loaiza (3-5, 6.34) vs. Orioles' Russ Ortiz (0-1, 8.68)