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Orioles reliever Mychal Givens is building confidence, finishing the season strong

Orioles reliever Mychal Givens is building confidence, finishing the season strong

Mychal Givens admits he’s had some bumps along the way this season, pitching through a variety of roles during a losing season while watching the bullpen that’s been one of the club’s constant strengths dismantled in front of him as the losses piled up.

He’s become the de facto leader of the bullpen by default, because he’s the most experienced reliever – though he’s still not arbitration eligible until next season — in a bullpen full of new faces. Inside the Orioles’ clubhouse, the locker that belonged to Jim Johnson and then Darren O’Day is now occupied by Givens.

While Givens has had his struggles, he’s now pitching his best in September as the season winds down, his role...

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