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Rodrigo Lopez


The Baltimore Orioles will skip Lopez's sturn in the rotation after Erik Bedard asked Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo for an extra day to recover from his last start. This is also because the team has three off-days in the first 14 days of August, and they want to avoid the entire rotation having an extended break between starts.


Lopez lost to the Baltimore Orioles in arbitration and will earn $3.75 million rather than the $4.5 million he asked for. The 30-year-old right-hander went 15-12 with a 4.90 ERA in 35 starts last season for Baltimore.


Lopez was able to keep the Red Sox' bats quiet for the third time in four starts against Boston this season, going eight strong innings in Sunday's 4-1 victory. The Orioles' righthander allowed just one run on three hits, striking out six and walking none. For the season, he is 8-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 19 outings.


For a second straight start on Monday, Lopez held his opponent to a single run over eight innings en route to a win. In a start at Fenway Park, the 29-year-old righthander limited the Red Sox to six hits, a pair of walks and an unearned tally in an 8-1 Baltimore victory. He struck out five.


After working eight stellar innings at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, which earned him a 7-2 victory, Lopez is 2-0 on the season. The Baltimore righthander, who has allowed just one run over 14 innings, gave up six hits, two walks and his first run of the season against New York. He fanned eight Yankees. Lopez worked six shutout innings in his 2005 debut against Oakland on April 4.