NOT HIS FAULT
Before leaving the park after Tuesday night's 12-0 loss, Orioles manager Dave Trembley sought out Brian Burres and told him that he would pitch well the next night. Burres proved his manager prophetic, going 7 1/3 innings and allowing only two runs on five hits and three walks. He also struck out seven. It was a strong follow-up to his seven shutout innings against the Toronto Blue Jays in his previous outing. Burres gave up his only runs on a bases-empty homer to Hideki Matsui in the second inning and a wild pitch in the fifth inning that scored Doug Mientkiewicz from third base.
OFFENSE IS OFFENSIVE
Melvin Mora ended the Orioles' scoreless streak at 14 innings by lining a sixth-inning single to score Brian Roberts, who had worked a one-out walk, then stolen second and third base off Andy Pettitte. Other than that, the Orioles' night was filled with missed opportunities. They had base runners in eight innings, but managed just one run and left the bases loaded in the ninth. It didn't help that two runners were caught stealing and that the Orioles hit into two double plays.
After signing with the Orioles last offseason, outfielder Jay Payton said he was looking forward to taking on the two teams that he called the "Evil Empires" in the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. But Payton didn't have much fun in New York this week. He was ejected for the second time in three games last night after arguing a called third strike in the fifth inning. He was punched out on a 3-2 pitch by umpire Mike Reilly, who briefly listened to Payton's complaints before tossing him. Payton threw his helmet and bat in the direction of the plate after getting ejected.
The Orioles will begin their last road series of the season with veteran right-hander Victor Zambrano (0-2, 7.98) making his first start for the club against Texas Rangers right-hander Brandon McCarthy (5-10, 5.47). Zambrano, whose contract was purchased by the Orioles from the Pittsburgh Pirates this month, pitched four scoreless innings in his Orioles debut on Saturday. He is 2-2 with a 5.54 ERA in six career appearances vs. Texas. McCarthy has one win in his past 12 starts. In three career appearances against the Orioles, he's 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA.