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It doesn't really matter who is on the mound. The pitcher could be a hot hand like James Shields or a struggling 7.98-ERA guy like Kyle Davies or a former Orioles journeyman like Bruce Chen. They all look like Greg Maddux to this sulking, slumping, sleepwalking O's lineup.

On national television Saturday, it was a young starter named Jeremy Hellickson who struggled with his command, walked five guys and had baserunners all over the place, but somehow pitched five shutout innings and enjoyed generous run support on the way to his third victory of the year.

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That might not be so galling if it was an unusual occurrence, but it was the fifth time in the last six games that the O's have scored three runs or fewer. Through the first 32 games of the regular season, they have averaged 3.9 runs per game and have scored more than five runs in a game only four times. Meager as it is, that scoring average is still better than last year's, but a big day by Rays starter Wade Davis tomorrow and they could be almost exactly even with last year's pace.

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