Los Angeles Angels defeat Baltimore Orioles, 11-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. - - Jim Johnson has been so solid since assuming a setup role in the Orioles' bullpen that when he struggles, it becomes a topic of conversation around the club.

That has been the case his past two outings. In Wednesday's gut-wrenching loss to the Boston Red Sox, Johnson walked and surrendered a home run to the only batters he faced, a major reason the Orioles coughed up a four-run ninth-inning lead. In the Orioles' 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angel...

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Orioles rookie right-hander David Hernandez (2-2) justified his spot in the rotation Friday, holding the Los Angeles Angels to three runs in 6 2/3 innings in his second career victory. Hernandez surrendered six hits and walked two before Jim Johnson and George Sherrill got the final seven outs.

HUFF DADDY DELIVERS

The Orioles' top four hitters went a combined 1-for-16 in Thursday's series-opening loss, but they certainly were heard from Friday. Aubrey Huf...

ANAHEIM, Calif. - -The Orioles officially hit the midpoint of the 2009 season Saturday night with a defeat that could serve as a microcosm of a first half filled with frustrating losses.

There was the blown four-run lead, the failure of a rookie starter to get deep into the game and a slew of defensive miscues that simply cannot happen for a team expecting to win anywhere, nevermind in the home ballpark of one of baseball's better teams.

Orioles veteran second basema...