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)