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Rays lefty Adam Kolarek of Catonsville faces hometown Orioles in second major league outing

Rays lefty Adam Kolarek of Catonsville faces hometown Orioles in second major league outing

To say that Adam Kolarek grew up an Orioles fan might be an understatement.

Growing up in Catonsville, he never turned down an opportunity to watch a game Camden Yards. He was in the stands on the night Cal Ripken Jr. tied Lou Gehrig’s record consecutive-games streak. His family was friends with former longtime Orioles strength and conditioning coach Tim Bishop, which allowed him to meet his idols as a kid, from Ripken to Roberto Alomar to Brady Anderson to Rafael Palmeiro.

As a pitcher, he would try to attend games the nights that Mike Mussina and Scott Erickson started because they were his favorite pitchers watch. But up until Saturday, the only time he took the mound at...

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