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It's time for Orioles hitters to be accountable

It's time for Orioles hitters to be accountable

It might be good baseball etiquette to give a tip of the cap to the pitcher who tied your lineup in knots, as manager Buck Showalter has done after his club's last two losses, but no one seriously believes that Astros starters Brad Peacock and Brett Oberholtzer suddenly morphed into twin Justin Verlanders just in time to welcome the Orioles to Houston.

The Orioles have scored two runs in the first 18 innings of their four-game series against the last-place Astros, and it's about time for the key hitters in the everyday lineup — except maybe Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis — to take a long look in the mirror and accept responsibility for their abysmal approach at the...