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Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez returns to mound Thursday after long layoff, mechanical adjustment

Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez returns to mound Thursday after long layoff, mechanical adjustment

When Ubaldo Jimenez takes the mound Thursday night at Target Field for the Orioles' makeup game against the Minnesota Twins, it will mark the first time he has pitched in nearly three weeks.

Jimenez was buried in the back of the Orioles bullpen after a 1 1/3-inning start on July 8 and hasn't pitched since, but manager Buck Showalter tabbed the floundering right-hander to start Thursday in order to give his starting rotation an extra day of rest.

It has happened before, as Showalter has plucked Jimenez from the bullpen over the spot-start options in the minors four times since initially sending him to the bullpen following a start that lasted just one-third of an inning in...

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