The Baltimore Orioles won easily last night in Arizona 7-1; however, Miguel Tejada is officially on the DL for the first time in his career, and the team may be very well power-deprived without him.
It just shows you how much luck and good fortune you'll need in your career to even come close to breaking Cal's record. Playing in every game for seven years is amazing, but it's even hard to fathom what Ripken did, and thus, "the Streak" even deserves more respect.
It didn't matter too much that Tejada was out, as the O's got a lot of help from a shaky Diamondback defense, and a commanding outing by Daniel Cabrera, who on this night showed while he can be real frustrating, he can also be downright brilliant and effective.
Brian Roberts helped the cause with a home run, and sparked a rally that would lead the O's to victory.
Meanwhile, Ramon Hernandez came off the DL, and batted fourth for the Birds. As well, Jon Knott (whom many have wanted up) is now on the roster, and will be probably off the bench, or will get the occasional spot start.
Also, Erik Bedard's status is unknown at this time, but he should be throwing a side session today and the team will know then if he's good to go, he'll skip a start, or end up on the DL.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has more on Miguel Tejada's streak coming to a close.
Spencer Fordin of the orioles.com has a piece on the end of Tejada's streak.
Matt Palmer in his blog via the Baltimore Examiner, talks about Tejada and how difficult breaking the consecutive game streak would be. I think he's in respect to the streak never being broken, as well as DiMaggio's hit record.
Andy MacPhail has a tough job ahead of him as new the COO in turning the Orioles' franchise around as Peter Schmuck chronicles an in article in today's Sun.
An ardent O's fan in Maryland whom I have been in touch with gives their thoughts on Andy MacPhail, Rick Maese's wonderful column in the Sun, and what it is like to be an O's fan via the blog, Mind Pinball...