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The Lone Hope of the Orioles

Britton believes, but does anyone else in Baltimore?

Updated: June 20, 2011, 12:11 PM ET
By Chris Jones

Zach Britton, Baltimore's rookie left-hander, was nine years old when the Orioles last had a winning season.

Since then — in the 13 seasons and counting since the Orioles capped their last good summer by losing to the Cleveland Indians in the 1997 ALCS — they've lost in ways hard for even the most pessimistic mind to imagine. They've lost 267 more games than they've won. Hell, it's been five years since they last won even 70 games in a single season.

They've been ...

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