Play It Again

April 16, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC

TAKING OFFENSE?

The Orioles obviously didn't enjoy Ian Kinsler's recording just the fourth cycle in Rangers history at their expense. But they seemed to be less amused by his base running after his sixth hit, an eighth-inning double. With Texas leading 16-4, Kinsler took third base on Matt Albers' pitch that just bounced away from catcher Chad Moeller. Albers threw the next two pitches high and inside to Michael Young, and after striking out Josh Hamilton, he hit Andruw Jones in the back with a pitch.

BENSON REWARDED

The Rangers' offensive outburst made things easy for former Oriole Kris Benson, who survived a rocky start to get his first major league win since Sept. 21, 2006. Benson, who couldn't crack the majors the past two years after having shoulder surgery, allowed four earned runs on six hits and three walks in six innings Wednesday.

ON DECK

The Orioles start a four-game series Friday with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Staff ace Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 2.25 ERA) gets the ball in Game 1. Guthrie is 1-2 with a 3.43 ERA in eight appearances (seven starts) against Boston. Veteran right-hander Brad Penny (1-0, 4.50) will start for Boston. He has not faced the Orioles.

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