Detroit Tigers defeat Baltimore Orioles, 4-1

It certainly was not the spot Sam Perlozzo wanted for Kurt Birkins, but with all his other options in the bullpen exhausted at that point, the Orioles' manager had no choice.

So, in a scoreless game in the 12th inning last night, Perlozzo summoned Birkins, who had not pitched to live hitters since an appearance in extended spring training March 30. The left-hander was one out away from escaping the inning unscathed before he threw a changeup to Detroit Tigers left field...

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It took 12 innings for someone to score, and for the Detroit Tigers to defeat the Orioles, 4-1, on Craig Monroe's grand slam off Kurt Birkins, the seventh reliever used by manager Sam Perlozzo. Monroe's ball cleared the center-field fence with two outs. The Orioles' only run came on a balk by Bobby Seay that scored Corey Patterson with two outs in the 12th. The Tigers almost scored in the 11th when Monroe led off with a double and moved to third on a groun...

It certainly was not the spot Sam Perlozzo wanted for Kurt Birkins, but with all his other options in the bullpen exhausted, the Orioles manager had no choice.

So, in a scoreless game in the 12th inning, Perlozzo summoned Birkins, who had not pitched in a game since extended spring training on March 30. The Orioles lefthander was one out from getting out of the inning unscathed before surrendering a grand slam to the Detroit Tigers' Craig Monroe.

Monroe ripped a 1-1 ...