Washington Nationals defeat Baltimore Orioles, 4-3

WASHINGTON -- Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo has been around Erik Bedard enough not to second-guess his best starting pitcher.

So when Perlozzo hears Bedard utter the words "I'm done," the manager shakes his hand and decides who is coming into the game next.

That's what happened yesterday when Bedard walked off the field after the seventh inning. He was dominant for much of the afternoon, allowing one run on three hits and three walks while tying a career high with 12 str...

WASHINGTON-- --Can a loss to the Washington Nationals be as devastating, deflating and depressing as one to the Boston Red Sox?

Sure it can. Especially when they come one week apart and happen in almost the same way. And when two similar losses happen in between.

Momentum has gone completely against the Orioles, and there may be only one way to reverse it. Actually, two ways, but as they say, you can't fire 25 guys. Or even the ones who can't hit with runners on, sus...

Key decision

With a runner on and one out and the Orioles holding a two-run lead in the eighth inning, manager Sam Perlozzo replaced Chad Bradford with right-hander Danys Baez, and not left-hander Jamie Walker. Left-handed hitter Ryan Langerhans was up, but Perlozzo said he knew that if he brought in Walker, Nationals manager Manny Acta would have sent up right-handed Tony Batista to pinch hit. Baez gave up an RBI single to Langerhans and then a two-run single to Nook L...

WASHINGTON -- Rather than go on a weekend retreat in the wilderness to heal their battered minds and bodies, to rebuild spirits that had been crushed in the wake of all those losses and the growing suspicions that jobs were on the line, the Orioles piled into a bus the past three days and headed down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, where they hoped salvation awaited them in a decrepit football stadium.

This is where the Orioles found the Washington Nationals, a team a...