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Britton shows mettle (UPDATED)

Orioles top pitching prospect Zach Britton told me a couple of days ago that he doesn't get nervous when he is on the mound. But he sure looked a little jittery in the third inning.

Britton threw several balls in the dirt, including one that got by catcher Jake Fox for a wild pitch. Fox twice went to the mound to try and settle the 23-year-old.

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It worked as Britton threw a 3-2 fastball right by slugger Ryan Howard and then retired Ben Francisco on a groundout, stranding Placido Polanco on third base. Britton threw 19 pitches in the third inning, 10 of them for strikes.

Britton just finished his day's work by throwing a scoreless fourth. He allowed a leadoff bunt single to Shane Victorino before retiring John Mayberry Jr., Brian Schneider and Brian Bocock.

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His final line: 2 IP, 2 hits, 0 ER, 1 K, 1 WP.

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