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Harvesting a green pitcher

Wasn't it nice to see the Orioles finally facing a rookie pitcher making his major league debut. They took advantage of Armando Gabino's inexperience and lack of command to jump on top with three runs in the second inning and one more in the third before Twins coach Ron Gardenhire gave the kid an early hook.

Brian Matusz is a grizzled veteran by comparison. He made his fifth major league start tonight and he also has struggled allowing the Twins to answer immediately after each of the Orioles scoring innings.

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The O's have to take advantage of the soft underbelly of the Twins bullpen in the next inning or two to tack on some runs or -- trust me -- this is another loss waiting to happen. The Twins always have a magnified home-field advantage at the Metrodome, so a team like the O's has to build a cushion when the opportunity presents itself.

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