Minnesota Twins defeat Baltimore Orioles, 11-3

Special K The suspense ended two batters into the game.

Erik Bedard struck out Jason Bartlett on a 1-2 curveball to break Mike Mussina's team single-season strikeout record of 218. Fans gave him a standing ovation and waved orange signs with his first name printed in black, the "K" enlarged to signify a strikeout. One side of the card had the letter backward, in case the batter was caught looking. Bedard didn't acknowledge the ovation, remaining on the mound as Torii Hu...

Minnesota Twins reliever Carmen Cali threw one pitch yesterday and requested time so a divot in the mound could be repaired. All it took was a little dirt, a shovel and a few extra minutes.

If only the Orioles could be repaired so easily.

They're sinking into an invisible hole, and manager Dave Trembley can't seem to rescue them. The lineup is changed, and so are relievers' roles. Starters are rested or rushed to the majors. Concessions are made for the heat, or pre-...