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Consistently inconsistent, Orioles' Jimenez lasts just 3 1/3 innings after strong performance his previous start

Consistently inconsistent, Orioles' Jimenez lasts just 3 1/3 innings after strong performance his previous start

The weather hasn’t been friendly to Ubaldo Jimenez in the season’s first month. And while the Orioles right-hander didn’t want to use Monday night’s blustery chill as an excuse for struggling to find the strike zone in the team’s 6-3 comeback win over the Tampa Bay Rays, Jimenez said his inability to grip his sinker definitely played a role.

For Jimenez, his success usually feeds off his ability to command his sinker, and without it Monday, he headed for his shortest start of the season, a 3 1/3-inning outing that had manager Buck Showalter motioning for the bullpen before the game got out of hand.

“He was trying to maneuver the ball around the strike zone and he just wasn’t...

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