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Orioles second baseman Julio Lugo wasn't happy when Vin Mazzaro plunked him tonight, and he made that clear enough that both teams were edging up the dugout steps before he headed to first base. Obviously, he thought the inside pitch was in reprisal for the Brian Matusz fastball that hit A's first baseman Daric Barton.

"I don't know if it was on purpose,'' Lugo said, "but I didn't like it. It was too close to my head. He almost hit me in the face."

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It was the second time Matusz has hit Barton, but he insisted after the game that it was just an inside pitch that got too far inside. Once Lugo got hit, the umpires warned both benches.

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