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Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard enjoys memorable major league debut

Orioles outfielder Joey Rickard enjoys memorable major league debut

In the days leading up to the Orioles' season opener Monday, manager Buck Showalter considered several different lineups for the first game of the season. He polled everyone around him — coaches, players, reporters — before narrowing his lineup cards down to three.

Rookie Joey Rickard was on each as the team's starting left fielder, making him the first Orioles Rule 5 draft pick to start his first season opener with the club. But Showalter wasn't sure where to hit him. He strongly considered placing him in the leadoff spot and also thought about hitting him in the No. 2 hole, but ultimately decided to bat Rickard ninth in the Orioles' 3-2 walk-off Opening Day win over...

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