Gene Sweeney Jr. / Baltimore Sun
May 20, 2013
For the second year in a row, manager Buck Showalter is pushing a lot of buttons to get the most out of the club's 40-man roster. The struggles of Nolan Reimold and Ryan Flaherty have created opportunities for outfielder Chris Dickerson and second baseman Yamaico Navarro, and both have delivered when called upon. Dickerson, in particular, has been very impressive, batting .333 in 16 games and launching two home runs in Tuesday night's slump-busting victory over the Yankees. Navarro has made some terrific defensive plays and has four hits in his first 12 Orioles at-bats. Those are the kinds of performances that were key to last year's success and will be necessary to keep the O's competitive in the absence of a midseason acquisition.
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