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Steve Pearce beats Conor Jackson for Orioles' final roster spot
Steve Pearce beats Conor Jackson for Orioles' final roster spot

SARASOTA, Fla. — In a battle that came down to the final day of spring training games and was compared by one of the candidates to "two heavyweights battling against each other," Steve Pearce beat Conor Jackson for the final spot on the Orioles' 25-man Opening Day roster. Pearce, a first baseman-outfielder who changed organizations five times last season, was told he made the team before the Orioles' 7-1 win over the New York Mets in their Grapefruit League finale. "It was tough," Pearce said. "It was almost like waiting the whole time to see what move was going to be made. It's just one of those things. I've been through it before,...

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