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First task for new pitching coach Roger McDowell: fix slow-starting Orioles rotation

First task for new pitching coach Roger McDowell: fix slow-starting Orioles rotation

Though he’s a longtime reliever, new Orioles pitching coach Roger McDowell said on a conference call with local reporters Tuesday that he had no problem connecting with his starters over his long career as the Atlanta Braves’ pitching coach.

If there’s one thing he’ll have to work out quickly with the six major league starters that return from the Orioles' rotation it’s just that: working things out quickly.

The Orioles’ pitchers were the worst in the American League in the first inning last season, posting a 5.67 ERA. One of the two major league teams that were worse? That would be the Braves, who had a first-inning ERA of 5.76 in...

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