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Atkins' strong Orioles debut goes for naught in 4-2 loss to Rangers
Atkins' strong Orioles debut goes for naught in 4-2 loss to Rangers

The Orioles have been searching for weeks for a strong performance by a young starter, and they received it Tuesday night from an unheralded source against an unforgiving offense. Yet it didn't matter because the Orioles once again couldn't take advantage of their own offensive opportunities in a 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers. Right-hander Mitch Atkins, making his Orioles debut and his first big league start, allowed just one run in six innings and left with his new team leading 2-1. But Orioles reliever Jim Johnson, who has been excellent much of the season, gave up three runs (two earned) in the seventh to cement the Orioles' seventh loss in eight games. "It's...

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