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J.J. Hardy, Steve Pearce relish big hits amid season's struggles
J.J. Hardy, Steve Pearce relish big hits amid season's struggles

The Orioles head to Miami for a Memorial Day weekend series against the Marlins with two important, yet struggling cogs in their lineup hoping Thursday’s success at the plate will kick-start their seasons. Steve Pearce, who entered Thursday’s game batting .193, hit his first career grand slam in the first inning off Mariners starter J.A. Happ fourth home run of the season and just his second since April 7. “It was great, considering how I’ve been swinging the bat lately,” Pearce said. “Hopefully, this gets me started on the right foot moving forward.” The carryover didn’t take hold for the rest of the game Thursday — he...

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