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For O's, marathon not the best distance

For O's, marathon not the best distance

This much is clear: The Orioles, who bring a five-game losing streak back to town tonight, need to find a new cliche.

Throughout the clubhouse during their first homestand earlier this month, we heard players trying not to bask in their good fortunes. As so many athletes had said before them, the Orioles players reminded us over and over, "It's not a sprint; it's a marathon."

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Well, two weeks into the season, we now know that the Orioles are lousy at marathons. And that's not my assessment. It's what players say.

David Laurila from Baseball Prospectus was in the clubhouse early yesterday and what he found should have Orioles fans wishing that the season was more like a sprint. As is Patriot Day custom in Boston, yesterday's morning start coincided with the Boston Marathon. Here's the not-so-shocking truth Laurila uncovered about Orioles and marathons:

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Photos: Associated Press

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