Play It Again

May 14, 2008|By ROCH KUBATKO

A recap of the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Red Sox last night:

GREAT SCOTT

Luke Scott emerged from his slump in dramatic fashion, going 3-for-4 and hitting a three-run homer that gave the Orioles a 5-3 lead in the third inning. Scott began the night with only seven hits in his past 55 at-bats and only one extra-base hit since April 18. His only homer came April 8. But he singled off Red Sox starter Josh Beckett in the second inning, hit a 385-foot homer to right field in the third and singled again in the fifth - each time being serenaded with "Luuuke" by happy Orioles fans. Scott was listed as the left fielder in the original lineup, but was switched to designated hitter after third baseman Melvin Mora's shoulder injury caused some shuffling.

NOBODY'S PERFECT

Before last night, Kevin Millar and Aubrey Huff hadn't committed an error this season. By the first inning, they each had one. Huff lifted his head as he attempted to field Mike Lowell's bouncer at third base, and the ball deflected off his glove as the second run scored. Starter Jeremy Guthrie retired the next batter, but J.D. Drew's sharp grounder went through Millar's legs at first, allowing another run to score. Huff was supposed to be the designated hitter before replacing Mora.

RED SOX INJURY

J.D. Drew isn't known as the most durable player in baseball, having made enough visits to the disabled list to earn his own parking space. And he left last night's game with a sprained left wrist after attempting to make a sliding catch on Freddie Bynum's sinking liner in the third inning. Drew didn't come up with the ball, only another injury. X-rays were negative, leaving him with the familiar day-to-day status.

ON DECK

The two-game series will conclude today at 3:05 p.m. with Daniel Cabrera looking for his fourth victory - and further proof that he's a much different pitcher this season. It won't be easy. Cabrera is 1-9 with a 7.84 ERA in 11 career games against the Red Sox. Last year, he was 0-3 with a 4.96 ERA. Do you think he remembers what Dustin Pedroia said about him? "The guy is an idiot," Pedroia said after Cabrera's fastball flew past his head. "I was upset they took him out of the game. He's good to hit. The guy [stinks]." Should be a fun reunion. Jon Lester starts for the Red Sox today.

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