Baltimore Orioles defeat Oakland Athletics, 8-3

Staying put? Brian Burres might not have a guaranteed spot in the rotation, but he did nothing to hurt his chances of staying in it.

Making only his fourth major league start, Burres held Oakland to one run and three hits in six innings. He retired the first 10 batters he faced before Nick Swisher homered in the fourth inning. Burres could have been rusty while working on nine days' rest, but he looked pretty sharp.

Spark at the top

Leadoff hitter Brian Roberts re...

They are the two hitters most likely to lift a struggling offense out of its malaise, to carry the Orioles for stretches when little else is going right and to help the team overcome other shortcomings.

Brian Roberts can do it with his bat and his legs, and Miguel Tejada can do it by rediscovering his power stroke that has been missing for much of the season.

Athletics@Orioles Today, 1:35 p.m., Ch. 13, MASN, 105.7 FM Starters: Joe Blanton (4-2, 3.59) vs. Daniel Cabrera (3-5, 4.66)