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Orioles taking advantage of long spring training to get rare closer look at minor leaguers

Orioles taking advantage of long spring training to get rare closer look at minor leaguers

After the Orioles completed 18½ innings of Grapefruit League baseball in one day Thursday, manager Buck Showalter talked less about how long the day was and more about having the opportunity to watch minor league players he might not normally see.

Sixteen different players who were shuttled in from the Orioles’ early minor league camp played in Thursday’s two split-squad games, including nine in the road nightcap against the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. In fact, the Orioles’ starting lineup had two minor leaguers in it – second baseman Adrian Marin and shortstop Erick Salcedo.

In Tampa, Showalter got his first look at outfielder Austin Hays, the...

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