Play it again -- Red Sox 4, Orioles 0

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A tie for infamy

The loss to the Red Sox was the Orioles' 11th straight at home, tying the club record for consecutive home defeats. The only other time in franchise history that it was done was Sept. 7-26, 1987. During the current streak, the Orioles have lost two to the Texas Rangers, four to the Minnesota Twins, three to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and now two to Boston.

Different game, same result

It was the second time in six games that Boston's Jon Lester and the Orioles' Daniel Cabrera have faced off. Each time, Lester has gotten the win and Cabrera the loss. Last Sunday, Lester allowed two runs and six hits in six innings as the Red Sox won 3-2. He was even better this time, throwing seven shutout innings while allowing just four hits.

Better this time

Reliever Fernando Cabrera, whom the Orioles signed as a free agent after he was released by the Cleveland Indians in August, made his second appearance as an Oriole yesterday. And this one was a lot better than his three-run debut Wednesday. Cabrera entered yesterday in the seventh with two runners on and one out. He allowed a run-scoring single, but struck out two to end the Boston rally. He retired the two batters he faced in the eighth.

On deck

The Orioles get to participate in Dice-K mania for the second time this year at Camden Yards as Boston rookie Daisuke Matsuzaka (14-11, 4.11 ERA) pitches today against Jon Leicester (0-1, 12.60). The game, at 7:05 p.m., will be Leicester's first start as an Oriole and first in the majors since May 9, 2005, when he was with the Chicago Cubs. He received a no-decision in the Cubs' 7-4 loss to the New York Mets.

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