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A recap of the Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Athletics last night:


With men on first and second and one out in the seventh inning, Orioles manager Dave Trembley pulled starter Garrett Olson in favor of Matt Albers. He did his job, retiring Bobby Crosby on a flyout. Then Trembley summoned Jamie Walker, who allowed two straight infield singles, the last by Rajai Davis with the bases loaded to break a scoreless tie. The Orioles had a chance to tie the game in the eighth, but neither Brian Roberts nor Nick Markakis could get a run in with men on second and third and one out. But the Orioles came through in the ninth. Melvin Mora led off with a double, advanced to third on Kevin Millar's flyout to center, and scored on Ramon Hernandez's groundout to shortstop.


A battle of young left-handers quickly morphed into a pitching duel. Olson, 24, and the A's Dana Eveland, 24, were both on their game, and the result was a scoreless game through six innings. In his second start of the season, Olson allowed only one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings. The seven strikeouts were a season high for an Orioles pitcher. Eveland pitched seven-plus scoreless innings, surrendering only three hits and four walks.


Winning the American League Player of the Week award isn't supposed to get you an extra strike, but it did in Jack Cust's case. Cust, a former Oriole who won the award after going 10-for-20 last week with three homers, should have struck out in the second when home plate umpire Ed Hickox signaled that Olson's 1-2 fastball was a strike. Cust didn't go to the dugout, at least not until one pitch later, when Olson froze him on a 2-2 curveball.


In Game 2 (10:05 p.m.), left-hander Brian Burres (3-2, 2.87) will take the mound for the Orioles against Athletics right-hander Justin Duchscherer (2-1, 2.40). Burres has two career appearances (one start) against Oakland and has allowed one earned run in nine innings. Duchscherer has faced the Orioles eight times, all but one out of the bullpen. He's 1-0 with a 2.87 ERA against them.

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