Play It Again

April 27, 2009|By DAN CONNOLLY


With their 8-5 victory against the Texas Rangers, the Orioles have won on Sunday for the first time in three tries this season. The club was 4-21 last year in Sunday games, winning its first and then dropping 15 straight.


On Sunday's first pitch, Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler crushed Brad Bergesen's offering to deep left for what appeared to be a colossal home run. Umpires called it foul, though TV angles showed it might have been fair. Kinsler, who led off Saturday's game with a homer, then struck out on three pitches. It began an 0-for-5 afternoon for Kinsler, who had been 30-for-59 with five homers and 17 RBIs since the start of 2008 against the Orioles.

On deck

The Orioles complete their four-game series with the Rangers at 7:05 p.m. Monday, with Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 5.16 ERA) on the hill. Guthrie is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA in five games against the Rangers. He has two wins and a no-decision in his three starts against Texas, both wins coming at Camden Yards in 2008. Left-hander Matt Harrison (0-2, 9.20 ERA) starts for the Rangers. He won his only start against the Orioles in 2008 despite allowing six runs in five innings.

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