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Ryan Flaherty knows his value to the Orioles is his versatility, but he's glad to help on offense, too

Ryan Flaherty knows his value to the Orioles is his versatility, but he's glad to help on offense, too

Ryan Flaherty realizes he earns his paychecks with his glove, and the Orioles utility man takes pride in making a difference with his defense.

Flaherty does, however, have some pop in his bat, as he displayed Tuesday when he hit a 96-mph, full-count pitch from Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura onto Eutaw Street and off the Warehouse on a bounce in the Orioles' 9-1 win over Kansas City. He made his first homer of the season a memorable one, a 446-foot blast that will eventually get a plaque on Eutaw Street.

"It felt good," Flaherty said. "The guys were ragging me pretty good about it. I was giving it to them back. I let [slugger Mark] Trumbo know the distance on...

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