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Simon says: : In his first major league start in Game 2, Alfredo Simon, who spent most of the season in the Mexican League, pitched 7 2/3 outstanding innings. Simon frustrated Tampa Bay with his heavy fastball, which helped produce 12 ground-ball outs and six strikeouts. In his most recent Triple-A start Sept. 1, Simon allowed seven runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Bullpen blues: : After Simon allowed a solo homer to Evan Longoria, Trembley brought in Jamie Walker to protect a 5-3 lead. Walker failed to record an out, allowing four runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch to take the loss. Walker's ERA jumped from 5.92 to 6.87 with the rough outing.

Pickoff problem: : Orioles starter Garrett Olson cruised through the first four innings of Game 1 but got himself into trouble in the fifth when his attempted pickoff throw sailed well over first baseman Oscar Salazar's head and allowed a run to score. Fernando Perez then doubled to score Jason Bartlett, who had advanced to second on the errant throw.

No cracking Shields: : Shields continued his mastery of the Orioles this season, striking out eight and walking one over seven innings to earn his 14th win. In five starts against the Orioles, he is 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA.

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