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2-for-2: Russell Martin's grade Monday, both at the plate, not only going 2-for-2 as a batter, but also from behind the plate, where he threw out both Orioles attempting steals, Quintin Berry and Julio Borbon.

"He made a couple of bad pitches and gave up the two home runs. But there were some flashes of very good within that, so it's just a matter of becoming more consistent. There were some very positive signs sandwiched around a couple of home runs." -- General manager Neal Huntington, on Edinson Volquez's Sunday outing, in which he went 2 2/3 innings against the Orioles and allowed six runs, five of them on homers by Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy..

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