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Ubaldo Jimenez's Orioles debut ends in six innings

Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (31) watches the ball soar into the night off the bat of Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz for a two-run home run during the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez (31) watches the ball soar into the night off the bat of Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz for a two-run home run during the third inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Karl Merton Ferron, The Baltimore Sun)

Ubaldo Jimenez's Orioles debut didn't go poorly, but he served up two mistakes that cost him.

The 30-year-old right-hander, who was signed this offseason to the largest deal (four years, $50 million) in franchise history for a free-agent pitcher, lasted six innings.

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He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six. The problem was two of those hits were two-run homers.

David Ortiz absolutely crushed a 91-mph fastball to right in the third inning and Jimenez left another 91-mph fastball over the middle of the plate on a 0-2 count to Mike Napoli in the fifth. Napoli sent it over the wall in dead center.

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Jimenez left the game trailing 4-2 after the sixth. He threw 96 pitches, 63 for strikes.

He didn't have a clean inning, but he continually pitched out of jams -- except for the two homers.

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