Play It Again

April 15, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC


Right-handed reliever Dennis Sarfate didn't factor into the decision, but he was easily the Orioles' most valuable player Tuesday. It was Sarfate who took the ball after starter Alfredo Simon left the game with one out in the second inning because of right elbow discomfort. Sarfate logged 3 1/3 scoreless innings at a time when the Orioles needed not only an extended effort, but a quality one.


Entering the game, opposing teams were 11-for-11 on steal attempts against the Orioles. Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler appeared to be cognizant of the statistic, because on the first pitch after leading off the bottom of the first with a single, he took off for second base. Catcher Gregg Zaun fired a nice throw, shortstop Cesar Izturis made the tag, and Kinsler was called out.


The Orioles will try to close out the series Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. with a victory over an old teammate. Right-hander Kris Benson (0-1, 12.60) will start for the Rangers, his second big league start since the end of the 2006 season, when he was in the Orioles' rotation. Left-hander Mark Hendrickson (1-0, 1.69) will start for the Orioles. He's 1-2 with a 9.42 ERA in five career appearances (three starts) against Texas.

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