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With second half set to begin, Orioles' Kevin Gausman ready to play key role
With second half set to begin, Orioles' Kevin Gausman ready to play key role

The Orioles' plan all along was to let Kevin Gausman loose in the second half of this season. It took some rigid discipline — limiting his innings and pitch counts earlier this year — in order to preserve him for the stretch run. It also included some unpopular roster moves as the right-hander shuttled back and forth to the minor leagues. When the Orioles needed an extra relief pitcher, Gausman usually was the player sent to manager Buck Showalter's office to be told he was being optioned. An outing at Triple-A Norfolk, a bullpen session at Double-A Bowie, a shortened start at short-season Single-A Aberdeen — all with early morning drives between...

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