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Steve Pearce's slow start has come against a deck of aces

Steve Pearce's slow start has come against a deck of aces

Orioles designated hitter Steve Pearce entered Thursday night hitless in his first 13 at-bats this season.

Certainly, it's not the way the 30-year-old wanted to start the year, but it is not without explanation.

Pearce has made five starts in 2013 — two against reigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price (including Thursday), one against former Cy Young winner CC Sabathia, one against current AL ERA leader Clay Buchholz and one against Minnesota lefty Pedro Hernandez. Not an easy group to begin a season.

"The odds aren't in my favor, but I can't look at it...

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