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Orioles: Baez rocks

Just when you thought it was safe to write off right-hander Danys Baez as a legitimate candidate for the starting rotation, he reeled off 3 2/3 strong innings today against the Minnesota Twins at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

Baez gave up just one hit to Twins DH Jason Kubel with two outs in the fourth after breezing through the Minnesota lineup. He struck out only two batters, but showed good velocity and looked very comfortable on the mound.

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He continues to stretch out his arm in spite of some significant post-game soreness after his first exhibition outing. This was a huge step in the right direction at a time when he needed to show manager Dave Trembley that he could command all his pitches.

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