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June 5, 2011

Guthrie out, Simon in; Jakubauskas likely for Tuesday

Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon, who hasn’t started a big-league game since April 14, 2009, was used in relief in the sixth inning Sunday, meaning he likely won’t be making Tuesday’s spot start against the Oakland A’s.

That assignment looks like it will fall to Chris Jakubauskas, who threw two scoreless innings of relief on Friday. Jakubauskas hasn’t started since April 24, 2010, when he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates. That start ended with his 12th pitch, when Houston’s Lance Berkman hit a line drive off Jakubauskas’ head.

He didn’t pitch again for the Pirates.

He’s been in five games with the Orioles this year, all in relief. He is 0-0 with a 6.39 ERA, allowing 18 hits and six walks in 12 2/3 innings pitched.

Simon replaced Jeremy Guthrie to start the sixth. Guthrie allowed nine hits, including two homers, three walks and six runs in five innings.

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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