Play it again -- Angels 10, Orioles 5

September 12, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Bad debut

This isn't the way Victor Santos wanted to introduce himself to the Orioles. Making his first appearance since the club purchased his contract from the Cincinnati Reds last week, Santos couldn't get out of the third inning. He left after allowing five runs - the last two on Vladimir Guerrero's homer - and seven hits. Santos threw 68 pitches in 2 2/3 innings. He was the 12th starter used by the Orioles and the 25th pitcher, a franchise record.

Still dangerous

Remember how badly the Orioles wanted to sign Guerrero when he was a free agent? They made him a substantial offer, but he chose the Angels instead, citing a more comfortable Latin environment. The Orioles could use his bat in the middle of their lineup. Guerrero hit two two-run homers last night, the second knocking reliever Fernando Cabrera from the game in the seventh inning. Guerrero has 33 career multi-homer games.

Still a nuisance

The Orioles can't figure out how to retire Chone Figgins. Maybe it's better to just give up and save the aggravation. Figgins entered last night batting .571 against them this season. Proving again it's not a fluke, he had run-scoring doubles in the third and fourth innings, walked in the sixth, reached on a bunt single in the eighth and had a bases-loaded walk in the ninth, improving his average against the Orioles to .594. The first double came off Santos, the second off reliever Rob Bell.

On deck

The Orioles' quest to avoid a last-place finish in the American League East continues with tonight's game against the Angels. They'll try to beat Kelvim Escobar, who is 12-5 lifetime against them. Escobar gave up seven runs and 10 hits over 4 1/3 innings in his last start against the Orioles. Daniel Cabrera was ejected from his last start after throwing behind Boston Red Sox rookie Dustin Pedroia and almost inciting a brawl.

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