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Jeremy Accardo

Fixing the Orioles: A six-step program

Fixing the Orioles: A six-step program

Update: Since this article went to press, the Orioles agreed to terms with shortstop J.J. Hardy on a three-year contract.   An Orioles season of some promise has taken a depressing turn that makes the prospects for breaking a 13-year run of losing seasons look pretty bleak. The uplifting finish to the 2010 season has faded into a seeming aberration, as the team, having hung around .500 into early June, collapsed into a pre-All-Star break free fall during which it managed to win a feeble six of 27 games. The starting rotation has fallen into utter disarray, middle relief has been non-existent, and the supposedly improved offense has, for the most part, fizzled rather than sizzled. A...