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Orioles batters have no answer for knuckleballer Wright, who throws complete game

Orioles batters have no answer for knuckleballer Wright, who throws complete game

Before the Orioles faced Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright on Monday afternoon, manager Buck Showalter likened hitting baseball's most unpredictable pitch to "swatting a butterfly with a needle."

"Swing hard and hope you collide with it," Showalter said.

As the Orioles opened an important four-game series with the division-leading Red Sox on Monday, strategy gave way to blind luck and the Baltimore bats had no answers for Wright, whose knuckleball danced through their swings in a 7-2 Orioles loss at Camden Yards.

While the Orioles have lost six of their last eight games, the focus has been on the offense's inconsistencies, the hitters' penchant...

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