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Orioles' Renato Núñez sees defense overshadow three-hit day in a good way against Yankees

Orioles' Renato Núñez sees defense overshadow three-hit day in a good way against Yankees

Orioles third baseman Renato Núñez broke out of his recent slump with a big afternoon in Saturday’s 10-3 loss to the New York Yankees, collecting three hits including a two-run single that temporarily gave his team an early lead.

Despite not having a hit in 11 at-bats entering Saturday, a stretch that dropped his average to .227, Núñez’s prowess at the plate was hardly in question since he joined the Orioles in Manny Machado’s roster spot after the All-Star break. He hit .289 with an .804 OPS at Triple-A Norfolk before he was promoted, but as the Orioles evaluate Núñez, 24, one of their youngest position players on the roster in the second...

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