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Fastball fails Orioles' Kevin Gausman in his 2018 debut, a 7-0 loss to the Twins

Fastball fails Orioles' Kevin Gausman in his 2018 debut, a 7-0 loss to the Twins

Kevin Gausman's first pitch of the 2018 season was a 91-mph, get-me-over fastball to Minnesota Twins leadoff hitter Brian Dozier that ended up getting over the left-field fence. And it didn't get much better from there.

After another promising spring that followed another promising end to the prior season, Gausman exhibited in his regular-season debut all the red flags that skew and ultimately undermine his immense talent.

Featuring the slowest average fastball he's had as a major leaguer, Gausman allowed three home runs and left with six runs on his account in the Orioles' 7-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins before an announced Easter crowd of 17,212.

Gausman was blunt...

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