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Millwood shaky, but not stirred

We witnessed another example of why the Orioles traded for Kevin Millwood this offseason.

He's got chutzpah.

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The veteran did not pitch particularly well, but he kept them close enough so that the Orioles could be in position to make a comeback – which they have (4-2 heading into the seventh).

Millwood threw 112 pitches and allowed eight baserunners in 5 1/3 innings. He walked off the mound steaming, presumably at himself for not going at least six innings.

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Millwood did not his best stuff. No question. Another pitcher might have lost it a lot earlier. But he hung in there and showed competitive fire at the end.

Andy MacPhail can be criticized for how some of his offseason moves have worked out so far – Michael Gonzalez and Garrett Atkins, for instance – but not Millwood.

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