play it again

August 31, 2008|By JEFF ZREBIEC

BULLPEN WOES: : In the two games this series, Orioles relievers have allowed 11 earned runs, 13 hits and eight walks in nine innings. Rocky Cherry was one of the prime culprits yesterday. He gave up a walk, then the game-winning double to Rocco Baldelli in the ninth inning.

NO. 30 FOR HUFF: : Aubrey Huff has made a habit of hurting his former team, so it perhaps was fitting that his 30th home run came against the Rays. Drilling Andy Sonnanstine's pitch for a three-run homer, he became the first Oriole to hit 30 homers since Miguel Tejada did it in 2004. In 30 games against the Rays, Huff is hitting .322 with 11 homers and 25 RBIs and a .704 slugging percentage.

NO REPLAY REQUIRED: : It appeared Major League Baseball would get its first test of the instant replay system, but as it turns out, it wasn't necessary. The umpiring crew clearly detected that a fan had reached over the right-field wall and interfered with Nick Markakis' third-inning double.

WHEELER NOT PLEASED:: Apparently, Markakis admired his game-tying, two-out homer in the ninth a little too long for Rays closer Dan Wheeler's liking. Wheeler yelled at Markakis nearly the entire time as he rounded the bases.

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