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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Chris Davis has come out of the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Orioles&src=hash">#Orioles</a> game in Baltimore. He had some tightness in his hips the last few days in Toronto.</p>— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) <a href="

">April 26, 2014</a></blockquote>

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