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Orioles' Mora hot but he's been clutch all year

No one could have ever expected this kind of production from Melvin Mora but actually, the Orioles' third baseman has been clutch all season.

Obviously, his 10-for-13 weekend against the Tigers, including a six-RBI day in a 16-8 win yesterday, is "zone" stuff but if you look at the bigger picture, More has been spectacularly consistent when it has counted.  Overall, he's hitting .286 with 20 home runs and 91 RBIs.  But with men on base, he's hitting .330.  With men in scoring position, he's even better at .372.  And in the critical situation of men in scoring position with two out, he's .345. Not bad for a 36-year-old that some folks though may be on the down side after 2007 when his numbers dropped in games played, home runs and RBIs.

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The Orioles' hitting yesterday masked another poor performance for Garrett Olson who didn't get out of the second inning and left with the game tied, 5-5.  Baltimore is creeping close to the .500 mark again and come home for three series against three tough opponents, the Red Sox, Yankees and White Sox.


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