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Orioles sputter in initial defeat

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Roster Report · Notes, Quotes · Orioles sputter in initial defeat

Well, 161-1 is still within reach.

After their first off day of the 2011 season, the Orioles came back to earth in a 7-3 loss to Detroit.

For all the positives of the opening series sweep at Tampa Bay and the uplifting victory in the home opener, the Orioles showed Wednesday there is still a good distance to travel before baseball is back to normal in Baltimore.

After Baltimore drew a sellout crowd in the opener, just 12,451 fans turned out for Game 2 -- roughly 25 percent of capacity at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Starter Brad Bergesen was expected to throw 85 to 90 pitches in an emergency start, and he did just that. Only that pitch count wasn't accomplished in the fashion the Orioles hoped for: Bergesen went just 3 2/3 innings filling in for injured ace Jeremy Guthrie.

The Orioles made two errors and sputtered to just four hits on offense.

Just as Opening Day won't shape the entire season for the Orioles, neither will the team's first loss. But Wednesday's defeat put the opening rush into perspective.

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