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Orioles will need to shore up defense after a less-than-stellar season in the field

Orioles will need to shore up defense after a less-than-stellar season in the field

Behind a pitching staff whose 25,199 pitches this year were the most in baseball, the Orioles defense is plenty taxed by the sheer amount of work a rotation with a middling strikeout rate and some frustratingly long innings provided them.

And as the season wore down, manager Buck Showalter made it clear that the defense — in some cases individually, but mostly as a whole — wasn't up to the level that had helped the Orioles succeed in recent years.

"Obviously, we've got to improve on the starting pitching," Showalter said last month. "That falls under Captain Obvious, and I think we've taken a step back defensively, really, the last year or two at some places....

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