Baltimore Orioles defeat San Diego Padres, 6-3

SAN DIEGO -- A series win shouldn't be this complicated, especially when it comes on the road against the team with the best record in the National League.

But when does anything go according to plan for the Orioles?

They lost a managerial candidate yesterday when Joe Girardi turned down their offer. They lost their starting shortstop after one at-bat. They lost their starting pitcher after six innings and perhaps for much longer.

A 6-3 victory over the San Diego ...

Bench to beast

Brian Roberts wasn't supposed to play yesterday. Interim manager Dave Trembley informed the second baseman that he'd get the day off. But those plans changed when Miguel Tejada's sore left wrist made it doubtful he could go nine innings. Roberts assumed his normal place at the top of the lineup, where Jay Payton had been slated to bat, and went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk to raise his average to .314. Payton moved down to sixth and went 2-for-4 with ...