The series so far and today's pitchers (plus minor lg note)

The O's and Nats have split 5-3 and 7-6 decisions this weekend with the third and deciding game of the series today at 1:35 at Nats Park. The Orioles have scored 11 runs in the series and given up 10. They are batting .271 (19 for 70) in the two games without a double and triple, but with three homers. They are 4 for 12 with runners in scoring position. The team ERA is 5.29. The Orioles are 1-2 this year in the third game of a series where the clubs have split the first two contests. O's hitters in this series: Atkins: 0 for 0 Izturis: 1 for 5 Jones: 2 for 5, 2 homers, 4 RBI Lugo: 0 for 0 Markakis: 3 for 9 Montanez: 1 for 2 Moore: 0 for 2 Patterson: 2 for 9, SB, RBI Scott: 1 for 8, four runs scored Tatum: 2 for 3, run, 2 RBI Tejada: 3 for 8, two runs Wieters: 1 for 4 Wigginton: 2 for 9, HR, 4 RBI Kevin Millwood (0-4, 3.65) faces John Lannan (1-2, 6.02) today. Millwood has the lowest ERA of any starter in the Majors that does not yet have a win. He has pitched seven innings or more five times in nine starts and has five quality starts. He has not allowed a run in the first inning this year and opponent hitters are just 2 for 28 against him on the season in the opening inning. Lannan has allowed a .318 opponent average this year which includes a batting average against of .276 vs. right-handed hitters and .452 (19 for 42) vs. lefty batters. Lannan is coming off a good outing where he gave up just two runs over six innings vs. St. Louis, but has allowed 4 ER or more in four of his eight starts and is 0-1, 6.89 in three May starts. Millwood vs. Washington: 2009: 0 appearances. Career: 15-5, 3.59 in 26 career starts vs. Nats/Expos. Lannan vs. Baltimore: 2009: 1-0, 3.68 in one start. Career: 2-1, 3.66 in three starts. The O's have a chance today to win just their third series of the season. They are 2-10-2 in series on the year. The Orioles are 13-13 vs. the Nats since their move to Washington in 2006. The Delmarva Shorebirds today activated OF Kieron Pope off the disabled list and added RHP Kenny Moreland from Aberdeen's roster. RHP Patrick Kantakevich was transferred to Aberdeen and RHP Zach Clark was transferred to Aberdeen.

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