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Freddy Garcia struggles and the Orioles get swept by Padres with 8-4 defeat
Freddy Garcia struggles and the Orioles get swept by Padres with 8-4 defeat

Orioles right-hander Freddy Garcia’s formula for success lies in staying ahead of hitters and keeping them off balance by mixing speeds while locating his pitches. Without the blazing fastball that has faded by way of wear, the 14-year veteran must now pitch with finesse instead of flash. And when the 36-year-old Garcia’s pitches start to gravitate up and toward the middle of the plate, it can lead to a short day. That was the case Wednesday afternoon, when Garcia failed to get out of the fourth inning against the San Diego Padres — the team that cut him late in spring training — sending the Orioles on the path to an 8-4 interleague loss in front of an announced...

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