Detroit Tigers defeat Baltimore Orioles, 6-5

DETROIT - - Officially, the Orioles lost their fourth straight Monday night, when Clete Thomas' 426-foot missile landed over the center field wall for a 6-5 Detroit Tigers victory in the bottom of the ninth.

In reality, the Orioles handed the game over in the first, when their right-handed phenom struggled to preserve a five-run lead and their offense couldn't keep piling on after initially bashing one of baseball's best pitchers.

The Orioles (44-61) have lost 13 of ...

Melvin Mora was not in the starting lineup for the first game of the four-game series against the Detroit Tigers on Monday, and you have to wonder whether he succeeded in talking himself off the team with his verbal attack on manager Dave Trembley on Sunday morning.

Guess we'll find out today, when the club has to make room for heralded pitching prospect Brian Matusz.

That would be sad. Mora has been a fixture in the Orioles' lineup for most of this decade and has co...