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Unsung Orioles relievers make early impression in Grapefruit League opener

Unsung Orioles relievers make early impression in Grapefruit League opener

Trying to sort out the Orioles’ 37 pitchers in big league camp officially began Friday with the team’s Grapefruit League opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium.

With four pitchers (Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Andrew Cashner and Chris Tillman) pegged for the rotation, and four bullpen spots likely set on the Opening Day roster (Brad Brach, Mychal Givens, Darren O’Day and Richard Bleier), that leaves 29 pitchers competing for one starting spot and three or four relief spots.

In Friday’s opener, two dark-horse relief candidates drew notice as Rule 5 draft pick Pedro Araujo and nonroster invitee Joely Rodríguez each tossed a scoreless frame.

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