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April 28, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

I could torch the Orioles' bullpen again (everyone else has), but the starter can't throw 106 pitches in 5 2/3 innings, and the offense can't expect two runs to hold up. There was lots of blame to go around Wednesday night.

Any chance Chris Ray could start going for three-inning saves? He's young. He can handle it.

Of course, that would require a lead.

Details, details.

Let's give Melvin Mora another pat on the back for being a team guy. He's moving up to second in the order, a spot he'd rather avoid, and he's doing it for the good of the ballclub. Just like when the Orioles made him a utility player, and a shortstop, and a center fielder, and a corner outfielder, and a third baseman.

Strange stat of the week: The Devil Rays set a team record Wednesday night by walking 14 batters in a 4-2 win over the Yankees. Somehow, Daniel Cabrera was responsible for seven of them.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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