Baltimore Orioles defeat Los Angeles Angels, 5-2

Rather than wait for rookie pitcher Radhames Liz to consistently find the strike zone and work deeper into games, the Orioles will continue his education in the minor leagues.

Liz was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday's 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels, a move that corresponded with left-hander Jamie Walker coming off the disabled list. Liz went 4-3 with a 7.47 ERA in 10 starts and had gone at least six innings only twice in his past seven outings.


A recap of the Orioles' 5-2 win over the Angels yesterday:

Nice reversal

Jay Payton was having a bad day. He came to the plate in the first inning with the bases loaded and one out, swung at the first pitch and popped up - after Angels starter Ervin Santana had walked a batter and hit another. The bases also were loaded with one out in the third after a single and two walks. Payton struck out on three pitches. But in the sixth, Payton led off with a triple and scored...

They met at Kevin Millar's locker 30 minutes before yesterday's first pitch, a players-only gathering that was aimed at ending a confounding 15-game losing streak on Sunday, and avoiding the tiresome questions that would surely follow after another defeat.

Millar offered precious few details of what happened, acknowledging only that he called on his experience as one of the clubhouse leaders of the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who won the World Series.

"I can't talk about th...