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SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale discusses the Nationals’ hot streak, if they can compete with the Yankees, and how much trouble the Dodgers are in.
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Things are going so poorly for the Baltimore Orioles, manager Buck Showalter just can’t wait to give his pitchers the hook. 

As the O’s were on their way to tying a franchise record with their 13th consecutive road loss, starting pitcher Kevin Gausman gave up a monster home run in the fifth inning to Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts.

Showalter popped out of the dugout and headed toward the mound so quickly, he crossed the third base line before Bogaerts had even completed his home run trot.

The Orioles went on to lose 6-2 to the Red Sox and are now a major league-worst 3-17 away from home this season.

The 13-game road losing streak ties the record set by the ill-fated 1988 team during its infamous 0-21 start.

Even worse: The O’s still have three more games to play at Fenway Park. And they’re on the road all next week with series at the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays before they return home to Camden Yards. 

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