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April 21, 2009 |

            The game was delayed due to rainy weather, but it was better late than never for Orioles rookie Brad Bergesen making his major league debut at Camden Yards.  The 23 year old was called up from Triple A Norfolk to make his major league debut tonight against the White Sox and did little to disappoint the home crowd.  There was a lot to like throughout Bergesen’s 5 2/3 innings pitched, with the most obvious being his cool and calm demeanor on the mound.  Bergesen pitched under control and confidently as he threw all four of his pitches with good accuracy to one of the most feared power hitting lineups in the American League.  One area of Bergesen’s game that was obvious was the way he changed the speeds of his pitches, including throwing fastballs that varied from 83 mph to 90 mph.  The rookie was consistently able to keep the ball down, forcing the White Sox batters to hit the ball on the ground, which allowed the Orioles to get ground balls to their infielders for easy outs.  It appeared that Bergesen was on his way to that Wilson Alvarez no-hitter I mentioned yesterday, but the “no-no” was broken up in the fourth inning.  All in all the Orioles should be nothing but thrilled by the debut of Brad Bergesen whose final line in the box scores reads 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB’s, 4 K’s.