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Carlos Guillen

Notebook: Martinez says picking Tigers over O's was 'tough decision'

The Orioles added four hitters this offseason who have combined to bash 950 career home runs, but the slugger they originally targeted in November got away.

This week, Victor Martinez is on the visitors' side at Camden Yards, starting at designated hitter and occasionally catching and playing first for the Detroit Tigers.

When free agency began in November, the Orioles made Martinez their No. 1 target and, were uncharacteristically aggressive, making the switch hitter a four-year, $48 million offer almost immediately. The club's front office felt confident that it had a chance at landing Martinez, but it was trumped by the Tigers, who offered a four-year,...