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Orioles have few position battles with Grapefruit League games set to begin, but they are important

Orioles have few position battles with Grapefruit League games set to begin, but they are important

After 11 days of workouts on the west coast of Florida, the competition for roster spots officially commences Tuesday as the Orioles' spring training schedule begins.

The Orioles open their Grapefruit League schedule with a road game against the Atlanta Braves in Lake Buena Vista, beginning a string of five road games in their first seven contests.

One of the results of an offseason focused on retaining core players — the Orioles re-signed Chris Davis, setup man Darren O'Day and catcher Matt Wieters — is that there aren't many position battles going into the exhibition schedule. But the battles that do exist are important ones.

Most of the Orioles' starting...

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