O's thriving, Sox sputtering

Things aren’t peachy for the Orioles right now, but their three-game sweep of the Red Sox certainly helped dispel the notion that they are baseball’s worst team.

Including last Sunday’s finale at Fenway Park, the O’s have won four straight against Boston for the first time since 2004, already matching their season win total against the Sox from last year.

Following Sunday’s loss it was a frustrated Red Sox squad that left Camden Yards to take on the Angels and Yankees.

“It doesn’t get any easier,” second baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “Everyone thought Baltimore was three easy wins, and we got our [behinds] kicked three times.”

Two of the three games this weekend were extra-innings losses for Boston. On Saturday night, the Orioles rallied from a 4-1 deficit to win, 12-9.

“It wasn’t a lot of fun,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “You show up to win and you didn’t. “We’re going to have to regroup in a hurry and figure it out.”

It’s interesting how quick things can turn around in this game. A few nights ago, I was sitting in the press box in my winter coat lamenting the cold weather and dismal Orioles bats. Yesterday, it was 90 degrees and the O’s batting averages don’t look so bad anymore as the head to the new Yankee Stadium…
Nick Markakis .313/.407/.500
Matt Wieters .287/.347/.391
Ty Wigginton .329/.429/.729          
Miguel Tejada .305/.356/.500

Even Adam Jones is showing signs of coming around .241/.267/.393

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