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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Birds Fall In 12th

Wei-Yin Chen's Orioles debut didn't start so well: he gave up a home run to the very first batter he faced. Chen settled down though, at one point retiring 12 straight Yankees, but eventually had to settle for a no-decision as the Birds fell to New York 5-4 in 12 innings on Tuesday night.

Chen lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk while fanning six. He would have made it out of the fifth with the Birds leading 4-2 if not for a Mark Reynolds error, which led to the two unearned runs. It was Reynolds second error in the first five games of the season...he didn't fare too well at the plate either, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.He was on base once via the free pass but was caught stealing. Let's hope he isn't the liability he was at third base last year...

J.J. Hardy launched a solo homer in the first inning, and the O's have now hit at least one home run in each game this season. Sadly, all been solo shots except Nick Markakis' two-run homer on Opening Day.. The Birds struggled offensively all night and never really came up with a clutch hit, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. The club drew five walks but whiffed 15 times.

After sweeping the Twins, the O's have now dropped two straight against the Yankees and wrap up the homestand Wednesday night. In a battle of aces, Jake Arrieta takes on CC Sabathia.

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