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Schmuck: Orioles need to decide how to use Jimmy Paredes if he remains an offensive force
Schmuck: Orioles need to decide how to use Jimmy Paredes if he remains an offensive force

Maybe — just maybe — designated hitter Jimmy Paredes is not going to be a career .340 hitter, but the Orioles are in no position to discount that possibility after the way he came off the disabled list and climbed to the top of the American League batting rankings. OK, so he was only the qualified AL leader for a few hours last weekend, but you get the idea. The guy came out of nowhere to become a major force in the Orioles lineup and fill some of the void left by the departure of his mentor, Nelson Cruz. Whether his ability to hit and get on base with the top stars in the game is real or a small-sample illusion remains to be established. But the Orioles have to assume that...

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