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Orioles pitcher Yovani Gallardo eager to come to plate again

Orioles pitcher Yovani Gallardo eager to come to plate again

Orioles right-hander Yovani Gallardo was one of baseball’s best-hitting pitchers during his seven years in the National League playing for the Milwaukee Brewers, but the opportunity to show off his skills at the plate haven’t come very often over the past two years in the American League.

With the Orioles playing interleague games in a National League park this week in San Diego, pitchers will hit and Gallardo will have his first chance to swing the bat during his start against the Padres on Wednesday afternoon at Petco Park.

Gallardo’s 12 homers are second-most by an active pitcher -- San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner has 13 -- and that total...

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