GUTS, BUT NO GLORY
Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie struck out 10 batters over six innings to become the first Orioles pitcher to record a double-digit strikeout total since Erik Bedard struck out 11 Texas Rangers on Aug. 21, 2007. Not that it did him any good in the win-loss department. He gave up three runs - two on solo home runs in the early innings - and left with the game tied.
HE'S HUMAN, SORT OF
Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander came into the game with a 5-0 record and a 0.85 ERA in his previous six starts, and he picked up right where he left off by giving up just two hits through the first four innings. The Orioles caught up with him in the middle innings and battled back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the game in the sixth. It just wasn't enough to prevent him from earning his sixth victory.
Rookie Jason Berken (1-0, 3.60) is scheduled to take the mound for his second major league start in the series finale against the Tigers. Detroit right-hander Edwin Jackson (4-3, 2.58) will try to keep the Orioles in their Sunday funk. They've lost six of their first seven games on Sunday this year after similarly struggling during the 2008 season.
- Peter Schmuck