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J.J. Hardy

Orioles' first-half struggles extend beyond underperforming starting rotation

Orioles' first-half struggles extend beyond underperforming starting rotation

Starting pitching has always been a concern for the Orioles, but more often than not, they’ve made up for their deficiencies in three areas: relief pitching, home runs and strong defense.

As they enter the second half of the season at 42-46 and on the edge of the American League playoff race, part of the cause for disappointment is that none of those areas have been as strong as they usually are.

The Orioles’ run of four straight years with the major league home run leader and five straight years in the majors’ top three in homers might end this year. Injuries and age have cracked the strong parts of their defense, and a rotating cast of pitchers has made the bullpen...

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