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Orioles notes: Some good, some bad for Steve Johnson vs. Tampa Bay

Orioles notes: Some good, some bad for Steve Johnson vs. Tampa Bay

For three of the four innings he pitched Friday, right-hander Steve Johnson showed why he remains in consideration to be the Orioles' fifth starter.

The other inning, though, the 25-year-old St. Paul's alum would like to forget.

In the Orioles' 6-3 road win against a Tampa Bay Rays split squad, Johnson retired the first eight batters he faced before temporarily losing control and walking the bases loaded in the third inning. Rays third baseman Evan Longoria followed with a sinking liner that left fielder Trayvon Robinson couldn't handle, resulting in a three-run double.

Johnson rebounded to set down four of the next five...

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