Play it again -- Indians 6, Orioles 1

April 30, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC

Wright not sharp

Jaret Wright, on the disabled list since April 11 because of right shoulder soreness, returned but didn't look sharp or healthy. He labored from the beginning, walking his first two hitters and making it through just three innings. With his command off and his velocity down, Wright allowed three earned runs on four hits and three walks. He later acknowledged the pain in his shoulder had returned, a development that likely will keep him off the mound for a while.

Offense grounded

The Orioles were dominated by young right-hander Fausto Carmona, who is expected to be sent to Triple-A later this week with Cliff Lee coming off the DL. Carmona pitched 8 1/3 innings and got 18 of his 25 outs on ground balls. Carmona took a shutout into the ninth inning before Aubrey Huff hit a one-out, bases-empty home run. It was probably the only hard-hit ball the Orioles got off Carmona all afternoon.

Burres steps up

It is usually not a good sign to see long reliever Brian Burres warming up because it means the Orioles' starter is injured or getting knocked around early. But Burres has certainly performed when he has been called upon. Yesterday, he pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Wright, allowing no hits, three walks and striking out six. His performance kept the Orioles' deficit at 3-0, lowered his ERA to 1.35 and gave him 15 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.

On deck

The Orioles begin a three-game series at Comerica Park tonight with right-hander Daniel Cabrera (1-2, 4.09) facing Detroit Tigers ace right-hander Jeremy Bonderman (0-0, 3.18). Cabrera is 3-0 against the Tigers in his career and beat them in the Orioles' home opener, pitching 7 2/3 innings and allowing two runs. Bonderman is 1-3 in four career starts against the Orioles with a 6.86 ERA.

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