Minnesota Twins defeat Baltimore Orioles, 12-2

First-inning woes: : In both games of the doubleheader, the Orioles allowed runs in the first inning, something they have done 67 times this season and in 19 of their past 30 games.

The Orioles lost the first game, 12-2.

Olson's disaster: : Left-hander Garrett Olson managed two outs in the first inning of Game 2 before being pulled in the shortest start of his career. Olson allowed six runs on five hits, a walk and hit a batter in two-thirds of an inning.

Struggling ...

What became a foregone conclusion several weeks ago is now official. The 2008 Orioles will finish the season with a losing record, extending the franchise's string of ineptitude to 11 straight losing seasons.

They made sure of that yesterday with a doubleheader pitching performance that encapsulated more than a decade of failure and proved, once again, how woefully overmatched they are against American League playoff contenders.

Orioles pitchers walked 10 batters, in...

With another rocky effort in the first game of yesterday's doubleheader, Orioles right-hander Daniel Cabrera is leading pitching's dubious Triple Crown.

Cabrera walked five in 5 1/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins, giving him 90 for the year and the slight advantage over the Boston Red Sox's Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has 88 walks.

With the bump in free passes, Cabrera leads the American League in walks, hit batters (18) and wild pitches (14).

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