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Final: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  February 27, 2013 06:58 PM

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Game over: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3: That's it from Ed Smith Stadium. Red Sox had 10 hits and take a loss as Tazawa and Britton each allow two runs.

Middle of the 8th: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3: The big news here is that Will Middlebrooks feels fine after leaving the game in the first inning.

"Its not as serious as we thought it was. It was just more of a scare because of the area it was. It was right where I broke it last year," he said. "I probably could have stayed in the game and done fine. I have all my strength, we did strength tests, everything is there.

More on this later.

Top of the 7th: Orioles 3, Red Sox 2: Junichi Tazawa, who has not been sharp this spring, allowed a two-run opposite field homer by Chris Davis in the sixth.

Middlebrooks update: Red Sox are saying he has '"right wrist soreness" and will be further evaluated tomorrow.

Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 2, Orioles 1: Ciriaco, who subbed for Middlebrooks, had an RBI single in the third inning. Gomes had a deep homer to left in the fourth.

Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: Morales threw a perfect inning. Now here comes Hanrahan for a rare second inning appearance.

Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Orioles 0: Potentially big trouble here. With two on and two outs, Will Middlebrooks swung and missed at a pitch from Chris Tillman and injured his right hand. It was an awkward looking swing, as through he were trying to check it. Middlebrooks was taken out of the game.

No official word on what has happened yet. Worth noting that Middlebrooks broke his right wrist last season. We'll post information as it becomes available.

Pre-game: A less-than-capacity crowd has turned out for the game. The Orioles have pretty much their regular lineup (minus Manny Machado, who played earlier today) for the game. So do the Sox, outside of David Ortiz and Mike Napoli.

Hang out for updates. The game also is on NESN.

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