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Streaky Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop heating up, seeking consistency in 2017

Streaky Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop heating up, seeking consistency in 2017

Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop knows he has developed the reputation of being a streaky hitter, and his opening-week struggles put that on display. But one of Schoop's biggest goals for the season is being more consistent.

Schoop opened the season with a 2-for-19 slump in his first six games, a string of at-bats that included just two balls hit out of the infield. The results weren't there early, but Schoop was confident he'd start squaring balls up, which he has started to do this week.

Schoop posted his third straight multihit game Friday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, homering for the second time in three games while his three hardest-hit balls of the season...

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