Toronto Blue Jays defeat Baltimore Orioles, 8-3

BAD DAY FOR BIRKINS Making his second career start, Kurt Birkins was unable to get an out.

Birkins allowed hits to all six batters he faced before acting manager Tom Trebelhorn removed him. Birkins was credited with six runs, with Alex Rios hitting a two-run double, followed by a two-run homer from Frank Thomas. Birkins then allowed a single to Aaron Hill and a double to Matt Stairs, leading Trebelhorn to bring in Rob Bell. Bell allowed a two-run single to Gregg Zaun, g...

TORONTO -- Before leaving Rogers Centre on Friday night, Orioles pitcher Kurt Birkins found the team's video coordinator to request a tape of that night's game, which provided hard evidence as to how a soft-tossing left-handed pitcher, such as himself, could silence the Toronto Blue Jays' offense.

Birkins took in Brian Burres' seven shutout innings again yesterday morning before formulating a game plan for his start. He apparently didn't take good enough notes.

Baez ...