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Orioles notes: Team prepares for Friday exhibition opener with second intrasquad game

Orioles notes: Team prepares for Friday exhibition opener with second intrasquad game

The Grapefruit League season starts early this year because of the World Baseball Classic, but manager Buck Showalter said his team is where it needs to be heading into the Orioles’ exhibition opener against the Detroit Tigers on Friday in Lakeland.

The Orioles will get their first chance to see the newly renovated Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium, though Showalter wouldn’t have complained about devoting more of the extra time to full-squad workouts and fundamental prep.

“You always think you had another couple days, but the games identify and jolt some things that you want to come back to,” he said. “We got everything covered that we wanted to get covered, leaving...

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