Ortiz loses lead, maybe spot in O's defeat

Athletics 5 Orioles 4

July 19, 2006|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

When the rains came in the top of the third inning, Russ Ortiz was on the ropes. He had already squandered a three-run lead in what manager Sam Perlozzo deemed an important start in assessing the veteran's future in the rotation.

He did not return to the mound after a delay that lasted nearly an hour and a half. Did the club see enough to decide his days in the Orioles' rotation are numbered?

Athletics@Orioles Today, 12:35 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Athletics' Barry Zito (9-6, 3.30) vs. Orioles' Kris Benson (9-8, 4.59)

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