O's bullpen mojo returns

Brian Matusz and Jim Johnson lead the charge as Baltimore evens ALDS

Updated: October 10, 2012, 1:06 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles' bullpen is one big happy family, and it's borne out by the crunch-time stats: The Orioles are 76-0 when leading after the seventh inning this season, and they have a 55-23 record in games decided by one or two runs. Once they get a lead, they hold onto it with the tenacity of Boog Powell clinging to a rib.

Closer Jim Johnson, the group's resident Big Bird, specializes in exclamation points. He pounds ground balls, punctuates games by ...

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