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Orioles enduring struggles with infield defense on top of everything else

Orioles enduring struggles with infield defense on top of everything else

When the Orioles practice rundown plays during spring training, manager Buck Showalter likens it to pheasant hunting, informing them that the key to executing a rundown is chasing down a base runner until he has reached the point of no return before throwing.

Showalter spends those days in Sarasota, Fla., harping on the importance of fundamentals, and because of that, his clubs are often sound executing defensive plays when the season comes. So when the Orioles botched two rundowns over a three-day span this week in Milwaukee, it was noticeable.

Much has gone wrong for the Orioles over the past two months. Their starting pitching has been among baseball’s worst. The offense...

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