Penn's early exit derails Orioles

He allows eight runs and records two outs in his long-awaited first start of season

Athletics 10 Orioles 1

September 04, 2006|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN REPORTER

OAKLAND, CALIF. -- The pep talk lasted several moments. Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo stood chest-to-chest with his stunned young pitcher and tapped the baseball on his jersey for emphasis.

Hayden Penn had waited more than three months to join the Orioles' rotation. Now, he'll have to wait at least an additional week to try to rebound from the most humbling day of his young big league career.

Orioles@Angels Tonight, 10:05, Ch. 54, 1090 AM Starters: Orioles' Rodrigo Lopez (9-14, 6.17) vs. Angels' Jered Weaver (9-2, 2.33)

Angels update

Los Angeles is struggling to keep pace with the Oakland Athletics in the American League West, remaining 7 1/2 games back despite last night's 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. The Angels failed in their pursuit to trade for a big run producer, making unsuccessful runs at the Orioles' Miguel Tejada and Washington Nationals' Alfonso Soriano among others, and has the third-fewest home runs and the fifth-worst team batting average in the league. Right fielder Vladimir Guerrero extended his hitting streak to 20 games last night and hit .393 with six homers and 25 RBIs in August. Weaver won his first nine decisions, including three-hitting the Orioles in his major league debut, but he has lost two straight starts. The Orioles are 4-3 against the Angels this season.

[Jeff Zrebiec]

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