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Schmuck: Orioles might be banged up and beaten down, but need to make stand at home

Schmuck: Orioles might be banged up and beaten down, but need to make stand at home

The Orioles fielded a lineup Saturday that featured utility outfielder Craig Gentry in the leadoff spot and three guys at the bottom of the batting order who have combined to appear in a total of 90 big league games since the start of last season.

This is what happens when your regular leadoff guy suffers a freak injury and you’re waiting for several other key players to come off the disabled list.

The Orioles have been waiting for help to arrive since Opening Day and they figure to be waiting quite a while to get back to full strength, so the loss of Trey Mancini – for however long – was just another gut punch that begs for a team-wide gut check.

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