The Orioles' dugout and bullpen didn't empty last night until after the final out, the way it's supposed to happen. Players wore huge smiles and slapped palms in a neat row, the way winners do it.
The scene resembled a parade - baseball's version of one - the kind that hasn't passed through Camden Yards in a long time.
Sending out another starting pitcher with limited experience in the majors, and a lineup seemingly built more for evaluating talent than scoring runs, the Orioles avoided a franchise-record 12th straight loss at home with an 11-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox before a sellout crowd of 48,043.
Bedard's status to be decided
The Orioles are expected to make a decision today on Erik Bedard's status for the remainder of the season, the choices being to shut him down or continue to wait for his strained oblique muscle to heal.
"We're running out of time for the latter," manager Dave Trembley said.
Bedard hasn't thrown since his last start Aug. 26. He said the discomfort has lessened a bit, but not enough for him to step on a mound.
"I think you want to do what's right and definitely utilize common sense," Trembley said.