CABRERA COMES UNGLUED
The Orioles will announce the result of the Most Valuable Oriole voting today. They don't name a most disappointing one, but Daniel Cabrera would likely be the front-runner if they did. In his last start of a season in which the enigmatic right-hander again failed to live up to his expectations, Cabrera allowed seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and a walk. He finished the season 9-18 with a 5.55 ERA. He is tied with three others for the second-most losses in a season in franchise history.
The Orioles' pitching staff again showed last night that it hadn't learned anything about the art of damage control. The Yankees scored 10 times in the fourth inning last night to turn a 6-1 deficit into an 11-6 lead. They sent 13 hitters to the plate and got eight hits in the inning. Every Yankees starter scored a run in the inning, which included a costly error by shortstop Luis Hernandez and a two-run Yankees homer. It was the third different inning in the past 38 games in which the Orioles have given up 10 runs or more.
Second-year outfielder Nick Markakis again provided a bright spot in an otherwise dismal night for the Orioles. Markakis went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs and also threw out Jason Giambi in the first inning trying to stretch a single into a double. It was Markakis' two-run opposite-field shot in the first inning off Yankees starter Andy Pettitte that gave the Orioles the early lead. With his third-inning single, Markakis pushed his average up to the .300 mark for the first time since Aug.15.
In the final game of the season, the Orioles will send out left-hander Brian Burres (6-7, 5.66), who will oppose Yankees lefty Sean Henn (2-2, 7.49). Burres has done well against the Yankees, going 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA in six career appearances against New York. It will be Burres' 17th start of the season. Henn has five career relief appearances against the Orioles and has given up one run in 10 innings. This will be the fifth start of his career, but his first since last year.