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Jay Gibbons had a first inning he'd rather forget. Starting in left field against Chicago, he almost robbed Jim Thome of a home run after reaching above the fence, but did not get much lift on his jump. He was booed after committing an error on Jermaine Dye's run-scoring single, and couldn't catch Rob Mackowiak's fly ball near the line, pulling up at the last instant as the ball fell in for a two-run double.
That had to be somebody else starting for the Orioles last night. He bore little resemblance to Jeremy Guthrie, except for the eyes. Guthrie allowed a season-high six runs (five earned) and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since joining the rotation. He threw 33 pitches in the first inning and 81 overall, and the White Sox homered twice before Rob Bell replaced him.
Melvin Mora kept his consecutive-games streak alive by batting once. That's two in a row, but nobody's accusing him of milking it. Mora pinch hit Sunday in his only action since injuring his left foot on July 1. He returned to the starting lineup last night, but was removed after grounding out to end the first inning. Mora will have the foot re-examined and is day-to-day again.
The Orioles and White Sox continue their four-game series tonight with a battle of left-handers -- Erik Bedard and Mark Buehrle. One of them struck it rich. The other struck out a lot of guys in his last start. Buehrle recently took himself off the free-agent market by signing a four-year, $56 million contract. Bedard got 15 strikeouts and the first complete game of his career in a 3-0 victory over the Texas Rangers.