After a frightful two days, one of which was spent at a Boston area hospital, pitcher James Baldwin returned to the Orioles and was cleared to play. Baldwin fainted on the team flight from Toronto and was sent to the hospital for tests. Doctors found nothing wrong and said he likely was just suffering from exhaustion. Baldwin said he felt fine on Friday but was told to go the hospital to get cleared.

"That's the only way I was getting on the field," he said.

Baldwin said he was frightened by the experience.

"What do you think?" Baldwin asked. "I'm only a 34-year-old man."

"He's good to go," interim manager Sam Perlozzo said. "They didn't find anything, so that's good news. You always worry about your people. Obviously, it was something minor. It was more of a precautionary thing."

Maine Looks Solid

Perlozzo said rookie pitcher John Maine might have put himself in competition for a starting spot for next year's rotation. Maine is 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA in three starts. He also has pitched twice out of the bullpen. Maine got the win on Friday night after allowing just two hits in five innings, though he walked five.

"He's going to have to pitch more than five innings," Perlozzo said. "But he's kept the ball down against good teams and his poise has been better than expected. He looks a little deceptive really. [His pitches] kind of sneak up on people." . . .

Rookie pitcher Hayden Penn, who won Thursday in Toronto, was sent back to Class AA Bowie to pitch in the Eastern League playoffs.

"You want the kids to experience winning a playoff series and getting a ring in the minor leagues," Perlozzo said. "That will be good for him."