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It isn't often that Brian Roberts looks helpless at the plate, but his at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning -- following a leadoff single by J.J. Hardy -- left the bases empty and BRob in a 1-for-30 slump.

He was ahead 1-0 on the count when he slapped a ground ball just to the left field side of second base, probably the only place he could have hit the ball at that modest speed and still end up on the wrong end of a double play.

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The frustration continues for a lot of Orioles hitters, and manager Buck Showalter has to be getting close to shaking up the lineup -- though it might not make much difference against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez tomorrow night.

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