Baltimore Orioles defeat Oakland Athletics, 8-4

If slumps are routinely described as being contagious, capable of infecting an entire lineup like a virus, the same theory can apply to hitting.

One guy gets hot, then another one. One guy finds his home run swing, and others are sure to follow.

Miguel Tejada got the ball rolling yesterday - or rattling in the seats - with a two-run homer that gave the Orioles an early lead. And soon enough, two other players also went deep against Oakland Athletics starter Joe Blanton,...

Running away

The Orioles must have liked starter Joe Blanton's delivery. Or they were just in a hurry to score. They stole five bases yesterday, including three by Corey Patterson. Two of Patterson's swipes came in the sixth inning, and he was part of a double steal with Brian Roberts. Both men scored on Nick Markakis' three-run homer. Jay Payton had the other steal for the Orioles, who began the day fourth in the American League with 36 thefts, one fewer than the Texas...