Trey Mancini

There might not be a better first-inning hitter than the Orioles' Trey Mancini this season

There might not be a better first-inning hitter than the Orioles' Trey Mancini this season

First baseman Trey Mancini did what he does so often in the first inning Sunday, and the Orioles pitching staff did what it has done over and over again all season.

Mancini hit his eighth first-inning home run of the year and improved on what are some otherworldly statistics at the start of games, but that was largely overshadowed by another pitching meltdown that led to still another embarrassing loss.

The Mariners exploded for eight runs in the third inning and the Orioles headed home from the West Coast feeling a lot more blue than orange with just one victory on the rough seven-game swing.

"It's not great,’’ Mancini said....

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