Rarely does a walk get so much attention, but Kevin Millar received a loud ovation because of one. Millar has reached base in 50 consecutive games, breaking Ken Singleton's club record. He checked his swing on a 3-1 pitch in the fifth, took a step toward first base and froze when plate umpire James Hoye called a strike. The next pitch was inches off the plate, and Millar again checked his swing, but first base umpire Chris Guccione ruled it a ball. Fans stood to applaud.
Aubrey Huff has 10 RBIs in his past eight games, a total he padded last night with a bases-empty homer in the second inning. Huff cleared the fence in center field against Twins starter Boof Bonser, the only run scored by either team until the ninth. It also was the only hit by the Orioles until Corey Patterson singled in the sixth. Huff connected with two outs to give starter Steve Trachsel an early lead. He also singled in the seventh and has hits in 16 of his past 18 games, including eight in a row.
Teams that passed on Trachsel during the non-waiver trade deadline might regret it. Trachsel upped his stock by taking a shutout bid into the eighth before being charged with two runs (one earned) after he left. The only hits off him through six innings were a double by Torii Hunter in the second and a single by Jason Bartlett in the fourth. Trachsel hadn't won since June 8 before defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in his previous start. He passed through waivers and can be traded.
The Orioles must hope that left-hander Johan Santana has cooled off since his last start. Santana recorded 17 strikeouts against the Texas Rangers, and he'll oppose Jeremy Guthrie tonight in the second game of a four-game series. Santana has won his past two decisions after dropping three in a row. He's 3-1 with a 3.55 ERA in nine career appearances against the Orioles.