Tampa Bay Rays defeat Baltimore Orioles, 17-2

RUDE WELCOME Rookie pitcher Radhames Liz didn't get past the first batter last night without having issues.

His problems stemmed from Akinori Iwamura's line drive that nailed him on the left calf. The ball caromed toward first base as Iwamura reached safely. Liz started to limp back to the mound while assistant trainer Brian Ebel and manager Dave Trembley rushed onto the field. Liz threw two warm-up tosses and signaled he could continue. It probably wasn't the best deci...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Radhames Liz should have seen it coming. Not the ball that slammed into his left leg in the first inning, but the likelihood that his third major league start would turn gruesome.

It's not easy being an Oriole these days, even when you've barely had time to learn everyone's name. Misfortune finds the rookies as easily as line drives.

Red Sox@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, MASN, 105.7 FM Starters: Tim Wakefield (16-10, 4.16 ERA) vs. Garrett Olson (1-3, 7.22 ERA)