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Joey Rickard remaining disciplined, and in the Orioles' lineup, during first slump

Joey Rickard remaining disciplined, and in the Orioles' lineup, during first slump

Maybe it's because Orioles rookie outfielder Joey Rickard enjoyed such a strong start to the season that his recent slump is so noticeable.

Rickard quickly went from Rule 5 draft pick to starting left fielder to fan favorite, ascending to the leadoff position just three games into the season.

But Rickard enters Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays — the organization the Orioles drafted him from — in the midst of a 2-for-20 drought over the past five games that dropped his batting average 62 points, from .350 to .288.

“You know that's baseball,” Rickard said. “You know it's a humbling game and that can happen. It happens to...

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