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Mychal Givens, Brad Brach swap late-inning roles in Orioles bullpen to help seal win

Mychal Givens, Brad Brach swap late-inning roles in Orioles bullpen to help seal win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter shook up the team’s late-inning bullpen, at least for one day, by moving All-Star reliever Brad Brach into the seventh inning and giving rookie Mychal Givens the eighth to preserve a 3-1 lead in their win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Showalter said the decision was matchup-based, with Brach, whose second-half swoon continued Friday when he allowed the game-winning home run in the eighth inning, a better fit for the seventh inning Sunday, and nothing more.

“It was a good spot for him,” Showalter said. “I liked Mike at the top of the order there, and I liked Brad where they were with the left-handed hitters coming...

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