Cleveland Indians defeat Baltimore Orioles, 10-1

For now, Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo has apparently decided to go with the nine guys who are swinging the bat the best, a decision that has pushed veteran Jay Gibbons into a reserve role.

Gibbons didn't play in the Orioles' 10-1 loss to the Cleveland Indians yesterday, the third straight game the outfielder-designated hitter remained on the bench. He hasn't played since going 1-for-4 with three strikeouts in Friday's series opener.

Gibbons is 3-for-his-past-37, with...

When Steve Trachsel returned to the dugout after he got out of a jam in the sixth inning, Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo approached him and asked how he was feeling. Trachsel was honest. He was getting tired and his right forearm, which took the brunt of Travis Hafner's line drive in the first inning, had tightened up and was starting to affect his control.

So in a tie game and with a potential series victory over the powerful Cleveland Indians hanging in the balance, Per...

Lessons not learned, Part I

The Orioles did absolutely nothing against Cleveland starter Fausto Carmona when they saw him eight days earlier, managing just six hits and one earned run in 8 1/3 innings. Yesterday, they didn't fare much better, with only seven hits off him and one unearned run in seven innings. Four of the Orioles' seven hits off Carmona were infield singles.

Lesson not learned, Part II

Second baseman Brian Roberts cost the Orioles a run last month ...