Baltimore Orioles defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 8-3

Making his return to the Orioles' lineup for the first time in four days was apparently not enough to temper Jay Gibbons' emotions.

In an interview before last night's series opener with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, an agitated Gibbons expressed frustration over his decreased role with the team, saying he doesn't understand his recent lack of playing time.

"I've thought about it, and I can't even find an excuse why I haven't been in the lineup three days in a row or four o...

Jeremy Guthrie is trying not to treat these starts as auditions. He knows that the Orioles' front office is seeking help for a starting rotation that has been torn apart by injuries. He realizes he remains in the rotation on a start-by-start basis, and a couple of missteps could send him back to the bullpen in no time.

But Guthrie, a former top prospect who is still trying to establish himself as a major leaguer, learned long ago that there is no use worrying about thin...

Early edge

The Orioles jumped out to a 4-1 lead after two innings with some solid two-out hitting, and never looked back. With the bases loaded in the first inning and two down, Melvin Mora hit a single into left field, scoring both. The next inning, Nick Markakis hit a two-run homer onto the flag court in right field, his fourth of the season. The two RBIs each made Markakis and Mora the first Orioles to reach 20 RBIs this year.

Strong start

Jeremy Guthrie won hi...