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Orioles pound Minnesota Twins early, hold on late for 12-8 win Sunday afternoon
Orioles pound Minnesota Twins early, hold on late for 12-8 win Sunday afternoon

As the Orioles enter the final month of the regular season, their accomplishments are starting to mount along with their win total. They currently have the second-best record in baseball and a nine-game lead in the American League East division. And as the calendar turns to September, they even can claim a magic number of 19 to clinch their first division title in 17 years. Meanwhile, the Orioles continue to let their bats lead the way, hitting three homers — including a grand slam from shortstop J.J. Hardy that capped a seven-run sixth inning — in a 12-8 win over the Minnesota Twins on Sunday afternoon in front of an announced 40,905 at Camden Yards. The Orioles (79-56)...

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