Bud Norris took a shutout into the seventh inning before giving up a meaningless three-run home run to Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, then left to a rousing ovation from the festive crowd of 43,802.
After his five-inning, three-run effort Friday in his first major league start since late July, Jason Hammel said he will prepare as though he's making another start when the next turn comes, but it's still unclear whether the right-hander will stay in the Orioles' rotation.
The Orioles are trolling for a corner infielder who can get on base, and the Miami Marlins are apparently considering dealing three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez, who owns a .374 career on-base percentage and switched from shortstop to third base this year.
I can¿t say that the Orioles have been a disappointment this season. Outside of their recent road trip, a lousy one for sure, they are who we thought were, so I¿ll let them off the hook. But a few individuals have struggled, including Nick Markakis, who was named to one writer¿s ¿All-Disappointment Team.¿