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Orioles notes: Big bats bunting because you never know when the O's might need it

Orioles notes: Big bats bunting because you never know when the O's might need it

The Orioles are known for their power, so bunting isn't an instrumental part of their game. Still, during spring training every year, they carve out time to practice the skill.

The Orioles bunted just 24 times last season – that's 0.4 percent of all of their plate appearances and tied for the third-fewest in baseball. Seventeen of those bunts were sacrifices; seven were bunt hits.

Bunting is just not a part of the Orioles' identity. So seeing sluggers Mark Trumbo, Chris Davis, Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop – who combined to hit 176 of the Orioles' majors-leading 253 homers last...

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