What else can happen in this game?

May 12, 2009 | Luke Jones

As I sat down to watch tonight’s Rays-Orioles game, I expected another dull contest with Mark Hendrickson on the hill for what might be his last start before a returning Rich Hill bumps him to the bullpen.

Boy, was I wrong.

Not about Hendrickson—he was gone after giving up five runs in two innings of work—but this game has seen a little bit of everything.

We’ve seen 12 runs scored in four innings of baseball.

Adam Jones is looking more and more like a superstar in the making.

Juan Samuel can’t stop windmilling with his shoulder.

Neither team appears interested in hitting a cutoff man.

And the Orioles started the top of the fourth inning without a left fielder.  Apparently, Felix Pie had a bit of a stomach problem and left the game.

(Insert your favorite joke here about feeling the same way when you watch him play.)

This is definitely one of those head-scratching games the casual fan enjoys, but the baseball purist despises.

“Arena” baseball (as Jim Palmer likes to call it) at its finest.

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