Frustration sets in
After the Orioles' third straight loss, teammates Jay Payton and Melvin Mora nearly got into a fistfight in the dugout and then outside the visiting clubhouse. Payton, who made the last out, was angry that Mora took third base on Jeremy Accardo's 1-1 pitch because he said that it distracted him. The two, who were teammates on the 1999 and 2000 New York Mets, later hugged in the clubhouse after an apology by Mora.
Erik Bedard continued his string of no-decisions, pitching seven solid innings but failing to hold a 3-0 lead. He gave up three earned runs on two walks and six hits, while striking out seven. He is winless since April 18 but hasn't gotten a decision since losing April 23 against the Oakland Athletics.
Baez not good
Danys Baez, who was a big part of Sunday's bullpen meltdown at Fenway Park, entered in the eighth inning last night and was asked to protect a 3-3 tie. He couldn't. Baez walked Frank Thomas with one out and then allowed a towering, two-run homer by Troy Glaus, who pounded a 1-0 fastball into the second deck of left field. With the loss, Baez fell to 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA.
The Orioles will send Daniel Cabrera (3-3, 4.59) to the mound tonight in Game 2 of the series against Toronto right-hander Jesse Litsch, who will be making his major league debut. Litsch, who hasn't pitched above Double-A in his career, was a batboy for the Devil Rays when several current Orioles played for Tampa Bay.