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September 9, 2010

Orioles will witness Joyce-Galarraga reunion

There will be an interesting subplot to the Orioles’ series opener against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park tomorrow night, and it’s not Kevin Millwood’s first start there since he lasted just one inning July 5.

Armando Galarraga will start the game for the Tigers, and the plate umpire will be Jim Joyce. That’s noteworthy because it was Joyce’s blown call at first base June 2 that denied Galarraga a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians.

"I've seen him since, I've talked to him; the only difference is I'm not going to be at first base, I'm going to be at home plate," Joyce told the Associated Press. “Apprehensive, but also kind of excited about it, really, to be honest with you."

Joyce hasn’t been back to Detroit since that early June series.

The Orioles, who arrived in the Motor City last night, hadn’t been there since early July. That wasn’t a good trip as they were swept in three games and outscored 23-16 in the process.

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