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Ortiz loses lead, maybe spot in O's defeat

THE BALTIMORE SUN

When the rains came in the top of the third inning, Russ Ortiz was on the ropes. He had already squandered a three-run lead in what manager Sam Perlozzo deemed an important start in assessing the veteran's future in the rotation.

He did not return to the mound after a delay that lasted nearly an hour and a half. Did the club see enough to decide his days in the Orioles' rotation are numbered?

Athletics@Orioles Today, 12:35 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Athletics' Barry Zito (9-6, 3.30) vs. Orioles' Kris Benson (9-8, 4.59)

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