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Maybe it was the oppressive heat. Maybe it was the fact that the Orioles reached their four-run limit so early in the game. Maybe it was just another Groundhog Day performance by a team that has turned losing into performance art.

Whatever it was, Brian Matusz finally wilted and is not toweling off while David Hernandez tries to hold the Marlins lead at two runs in the seventh inning.

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Matusz pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up six runs (so far) on seven hits. The Marlins could soon be on the threshold of a three-game sweep, and they fired their manager this morning. Go figure.

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