Play It Again

April 19, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC

BACK TALK

Several Orioles - and Red Sox, for that matter - were clearly not pleased with the strike zone of plate umpire Doug Eddings. Leadoff man Brian Roberts was particularly perturbed by two calls in his first at-bat and one during his second. In the latter at-bat, Roberts carried on a heated conversation with Eddings before Orioles manager Dave Trembley finally came out of the dugout both to protect Roberts and get in his say.

SLUMP BREAKER

What better way to break an 0-for-17 slump than to lay down a bunt against a tough pitcher like Josh Beckett? That's what Cesar Izturis did in the fifth, and he not only reached base safely, but he also ignited a four-run rally that got the Orioles back into the game. Roberts followed Izturis' bunt single with a double. Beckett issued consecutive walks, the second one forcing in a run. Then Orioles scored three more runs on Aubrey Huff's bases-loaded double and an error by Nick Green to make the score 6-4.

ON DECK

Orioles right-hander Koji Uehara (2-0, 7.20) will make his third career start Sunday opposite Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester (0-2, 9.00) in a game scheduled for 1:35 p.m. at Fenway Park.

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