Texas Rangers defeat Baltimore Orioles, 3-1

A recap of the Orioles' 3-1 and 5-4 losses to the Rangers yesterday:

A COSTLY DECISION

With the score tied at 1 in the seventh inning of Game 1, the Rangers had Michael Young at the plate with a man on second and one out against Orioles starter Steve Trachsel. Orioles left-hander Jamie Walker was warming up in the bullpen with the left-handed-hitting Josh Hamilton on deck for the Rangers. Orioles manager Dave Trembley had the option of walking Young, who has amassed ...

ARLINGTON, Texas -- In seemingly no time at all, the 2008 Orioles had gone from a mere afterthought to one of the most surprising stories through baseball's first week. The transformation, accomplished with six straight wins that earned them the best record in the major leagues, was a result of an opportunistic offense, solid pitching and surehanded defense.

However, in a span of six grueling hours yesterday on the field at Rangers Ballpark, those elements mostly abando...