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Orioles right-hander Ryan Webb sinking into role at back of bullpen
Orioles right-hander Ryan Webb sinking into role at back of bullpen

SARASOTA, Fla. — When the Orioles signed right-handed relief pitcher Ryan Webb in December, executive vice president Dan Duquette quickly compared him to Jim Johnson, who had been traded earlier that month. And while the comparison wasn't necessarily fair since the departed Johnson had compiled back-to-back 50-save seasons before he was dealt to the Oakland Athletics, both possess heavy sinkers that can lead to early contact and quick outs, which can be valuable while pitching in critical late-inning situations in the American League East. Webb, who signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Orioles after being nontendered by the Miami Marlins, pitched in a number of...

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