Brian Burres might not have a guaranteed spot in the rotation, but he did nothing to hurt his chances of staying in it. Making only his fourth major league start, Burres held Oakland to one run and three hits in six innings. He retired the first 10 batters he faced before Nick Swisher homered in the fourth inning. Burres could have been rusty while working on nine days' rest, but he looked pretty sharp.
Spark at the top
Leadoff hitter Brian Roberts remains hot, which makes it a little easier for the Orioles to score runs. Roberts went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, a walk and a stolen base. He's 8-for-18 on the homestand after batting .389 on the last road trip. Two of his hits last night came against left-hander Joe Kenney, which was worth noting. Roberts batted .235 from the right side last season. He was hitting .241 from that side before last night.
Corey Patterson made a nice leaping catch at the fence in left-center to rob Mark Ellis in the seventh. He also came close to knocking out left fielder Jay Payton, who also was in hot pursuit of the ball. As Patterson landed, his elbow appeared to smack Payton in the face. Patterson held onto the ball, and Payton held his nose, making sure it hadn't moved to one side of his face. He bent forward and leaned against the fence, but had a big smile on his face as he straightened.
The series concludes today with Daniel Cabrera opposing Oakland right-hander Joe Blanton. Cabrera didn't face the Athletics last season. For his career, Cabrera is 0-2 against the A's, allowing 10 earned runs and 10 hits in six innings. Blanton has lost his last two starts, though he held Kansas City to two runs in eight innings on May 16.