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Orioles notes: Smith's hamstring better, plus more on Rickard, Aquino and Britton

Orioles notes: Smith's hamstring better, plus more on Rickard, Aquino and Britton

Outfielder Seth Smith saw improvement in his strained right hamstring — he tested his leg by running in the outfield and took batting practice before Friday night’s series opener against the Boston Red Sox — which is what the Orioles needed to see as they neared having to decide whether to place him on the 10-day disabled list.

“We’re hoping that today he takes a step forward,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We’ll see how that goes. He didn’t do a whole lot other than get treated [Thursday], so we’re hoping he moves around a little and feels pretty good.”

The club didn’t need the left-handed-hitting Smith to start Friday against Boston left-hander Drew Pomeranz, and the Orioles...

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