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Orioles notes: Milestone achievement strikes a chord with reliever Darren O'Day

Orioles notes: Milestone achievement strikes a chord with reliever Darren O'Day

Orioles reliever Darren O'Day reached the 500-inning milestone with a scoreless frame in Sunday's 8-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, but the veteran right-hander was more proud that the mark was accompanied by his 500th strikeout in the same sequence.

Earlier in O'Day's career, he wasn't known as much for being a strikeout pitcher, but a spike in his strikeout numbers helped him become a dependable setup man for the Orioles, and in his six seasons with the Orioles he's averaged 1.1 strikeouts per inning. And even as he's dealt with injuries over the past two seasons — he was limited to 31 innings last season and just returned from a DL stint Friday — his strikeout...

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