Miguel Tejada hit his 250th career home run, and 10th career grand slam, in the third inning to give the Orioles a 5-4 lead. But he shouldn't have been batting. The previous hitter, Nick Markakis, appeared to strike out - for the third out - but third base umpire Tony Randazzo ruled that Markakis checked his swing. Markakis then walked to bring up Tejada. Seattle Mariners starter Horacio Ramirez and manager John McLaren were furious.
Tejada was involved in another critical moment in the sixth. He made a great play to retire Ben Broussard, ranging past second base, but he booted a potential double-play ball on Jamie Burke's grounder. Now it was the Mariners' turn to have new life. They sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs, when the inning should have been over with nobody crossing the plate.
Brian Burres was scheduled to start tomorrow against the Boston Red Sox, but those plans might have changed last night. The left-hander pitched two innings in relief, which likely makes him unavailable to take his turn against Boston's Josh Beckett in a nationally televised game. Rookie Garrett Olson could be recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to replace Burres, who surrendered a run to the Mariners.
The Orioles return to American League East competition with a three-game series against Boston, and the opener includes a prime pitching matchup between Erik Bedard and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Bedard has won his past eight decisions. The Orioles haven't faced Matsuzaka since spring training, when the teams met in Fort Myers, Fla. He is 4-3 in his past seven starts, alternating wins and losses.