Baltimore Orioles defeat Boston Red Sox, 11-5

BALTIMORE - Daisuke Matsuzaka's horrid struggles of late aren't due to a physical problem or fatigue or anything that could be defined easily, according to Terry Francona, John Farrell, and Matsuzaka himself.

At a time when the Sox are trying to get their rotation in shape with three weeks remaining in the regular season, Matsuzaka has hit the proverbial wall, and the next few weeks will be devoted to finding a way to resolve what's bugging the $103 million pitcher. Tha...

Before Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera could head to the outfield yesterday and shag fly balls during batting practice, he was required to stop in manager Dave Trembley's office for a closed-door meeting that left no doubt how his actions in Friday night's game were received.

Trembley made it clear that he didn't approve of Cabrera throwing behind rookie Dustin Pedroia's head after being called for a balk and almost inciting a brawl by yelling at several Boston Red Sox p...

The Orioles' dugout and bullpen didn't empty last night until after the final out, the way it's supposed to happen. Players wore huge smiles and slapped palms in a neat row, the way winners do it.

The scene resembled a parade - baseball's version of one - the kind that hasn't passed through Camden Yards in a long time.

Sending out another starting pitcher with limited experience in the majors, and a lineup seemingly built more for evaluating talent than scoring runs,...

Grand fashion

If the Orioles wanted to evaluate third baseman Scott Moore by starting him ahead of Melvin Mora, they learned that he can get around on Daisuke Matsuzaka's fastball. Moore hit his first career grand slam, and his first home run since Sept. 18, 2006, to clear the bases in the third inning, break a 4-4 tie and knock Matsuzaka from the game. Moore was the ninth batter to come to the plate in the inning, which began with the Boston Red Sox leading 4-1.

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