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'Real tough walking off of the mound like that': Orioles' Cobb leaves start with blister after four pitches

'Real tough walking off of the mound like that': Orioles' Cobb leaves start with blister after four pitches

This wasn’t the way Alex Cobb envisioned his first season in an Orioles uniform ending, forced from the mound after just four pitches Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium when the nagging blister on his right middle finger opened in the first inning of the Orioles’ 6-3 win over the New York Yankees.

When he signed a four-year, $57 million deal with the Orioles in the final days of spring training, he expected to join a contender. It quickly became clear that wouldn’t happen this season, and throughout that, Cobb battled to find his footing after his late start set him back.

While the beginning of Cobb’s season was frustrating, the end was equally so. He couldn’t predict how...

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