Taking notes

Since B.J. Ryan allowed a three-run walk-off homer to David Ortiz on June 2, 2005, the Orioles are 10-36 at Fenway Park and have lost 17 of their last 20 on Yawkey Way.

No way!

The Orioles have not won consecutive games at Fenway Park since taking four in a row from Sept. 23, 2004 to May 30, 2005.

In Brian Matusz's last five starts covering 28 innings, only 17 runners have reached second base - including seven in a Sept. 6 game in New York. He's 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA in those outings.

Matusz leads all American League lefties in strikeout percentage against left-handed batters at 31% (47 strikeouts in 151 at-bats).

In his career, Matusz has struck out Ortiz more than any other hitter he's faced - eight times in nine at-bats. He's also fanned J.D. Drew four times in five at-bats.

That's wicked.

After beginning the year 0-8 on Mondays, the Orioles have won four straight Monday games. They've also won 11 of their last 18 road games after winning 14 of their first 54.

Orioles starters have posted nine quality starts in the last 12 games, going 5-1 with a 2.57 ERA. In their last 44 games, they've turned in 29 quality starts and posted a 3.09 ERA.

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