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Don’t challenge Orioles’ Kevin Gausman to a donut-eating contest


Orioles rookie pitcher Kevin Gausman’s love for mini powdered donuts is well documented. As the story goes, Baltimore’s first-round pick in 2012 forgot to eat before a start in sixth or seventhgrade and his mom brought him a package of the treats. Gausman threw a no-hitter and donuts became part of his routine, which he continued at LSU and now as a pro.

At spring training last season, teammate Adam Jones filled Gausman’s locker with 1,700 mini-donuts. The right-hander eats three donuts between every inning that he pitches and said he sometimes takes the mound with powdered sugar on his lips.

In other words, it was a mismatch from the start when the MLB Fan Cave pitted Gausman against Blue Jays rookie pitcher Marcus Stroman in a first-to-six donut-eating challenge. Stroman “had a couple Krispy Kremes growing up” and said he normally pitches on an empty stomach. Bartolo Colon probably would’ve made a more worthy adversary.

Gausman celebrates his win. (Via

Stroman, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a dominating win over the Red Sox on Thursday, is apparently more of a gum guy.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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Scott Allen · July 25, 2014