Tampa Bay Rays defeat Baltimore Orioles, 9-2

BURRES BATTERED In a disappointing follow-up to his victory over the New York Yankees, Brian Burres allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.

It was the fourth time in 13 starts that he wasn't able to go four complete innings. The Devil Rays jumped on him early as Carlos Pena hit a long, two-run homer in the first. And things never got much better for Burres, who allowed three more in the second, one scoring on the pitcher's throwing ...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- As well as Brian Burres has pitched this season, there remains a disturbing trend that Orioles officials cannot overlook when determining whether his future is as a back-of-the-rotation starter or a long reliever.

When he has gotten extended rest between starts this year, Burres has mostly thrown all his pitches for strikes, inducing weak and halfhearted swings from hitters who are uncertain what is coming next and at what speed it's going to arr...