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As Darren O'Day returns from DL, Brad Brach battles 'closer syndrome'

As Darren O'Day returns from DL, Brad Brach battles 'closer syndrome'

The Orioles bullpen received a boost Sunday with the activation of Darren O’Day off the disabled list after nearly eight weeks out with a high hamstring strain.

Meanwhile, the man who came into his high-leverage late-inning role seems to be dealing with a bit of closer syndrome.

On Saturday, Brad Brach allowed his first runs since June 16, which, just like Saturday, came in the ninth inning of a game he entered with a 5-0 lead. Brach is one off the game’s best relievers this year — the two runs he yielded Saturday bumped his ERA up from 0.86 to 1.19 — but he seems to be falling victim to something he’s always observed with wonder from...

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