Dandy Dan

                         IP   H    R   ER   BB    K
D. Cabrera (W, 2-2)     8.0   3    0    0    2   11

Who in God's name are you and what did you do with the easily flustered, control deficient Dan Cabrera? I ask only because I am curious. Feel free to not bring him back.

That was a delicious and short and dominant victory. When Cabrera pitches like he did tonight, it's enough to get you excited about the guy. I guess I'm probably considered a Cabrera detractor, in that I question him greatly a lot of the time, but I'll always be up for getting excited over something like that line.

Homer from Tejada. Double from Tejada. Gibbons is starting to hit. Brian Roberts isn't stopping.

I'm noticing, however, that we're all apparently getting sick of Raffy Palmeiro. Doesn't that suck? Here's a guy who gave us a bunch of really good years, was a key member of the last good Orioles teams, approaching 3,000 hits, over 500 homers, a surefire Hall of Famer, and the only thing I can think of when I see him come to the plate is, "Ugh, here comes the double play."

I thought Palmeiro should have retired after last season, but I definitely understood him wanting to get 3,000 hits. It's a pretty huge achievement. I just kind of wish he'd not done it here. Though where else would he have done it, I guess. Kansas City? That would've just exacerbated the situation, as Palmeiro flailing away in a Royals uniform likely would have been too sad for me to stand.

And I'll tell you something else: Carlos Silva is well on his way to being the Kirk Rueter of the American League.

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