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April 15, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

For those of you wondering why Hayden Penn hasn't pitched for Triple-A Ottawa, it's because he remains at the minor league camp in Sarasota, Fla. The Orioles wanted him to build up more innings, and increase his arm strength, because they felt he didn't get enough work at the major league camp.

Going back to the rule that allowed Chris Ray to be credited with the win Thursday night, it's Rule 10.19 c (4) Exception, stating, "Do not credit a victory to a relief pitcher who is ineffective in a brief appearance, when a succeeding relief pitcher pitches effectively in helping his team maintain the lead. In such cases, credit the succeeding relief pitcher with the victory."

In that case, Jim Brower didn't deserve the win after facing one batter and allowing an inherited runner to score. But I've seen such pitchers credited with a victory numerous times. This rule is rarely enforced, though I've seen it done at Camden Yards. Usually happens once a season.

I love the power that Melvin Mora is supplying, but I hope he doesn't have Tony Batista in his ear again. Remember how Batista once advised Mora that to make money in this game, he needed to hit home runs? Mora proceeded to become pull happy, and his numbers suffered in the second half. The homers will come naturally. I don't want to see his average in the low .200s during his contract year.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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