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Backup catchers carry Orioles to seventh straight Grapefruit League victory

Backup catchers carry Orioles to seventh straight Grapefruit League victory

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The competition for the reserve catcher role may not be the most compelling story in spring training for the Orioles, but it was very much on display in Monday’s 7-6 victory over the host Pittsburgh Pirates at McKechnie Field.

Steve Clevenger got the hot-hitting Orioles offense started in the second inning with a leadoff home run, and Johnny Monell entered later and delivered the game-winning single in the eighth to give the Orioles their seventh straight Grapefruit League victory.

How hot are they hitting? The offense has scored a total of 62 runs in 49 innings over the past six games and has featured big performances from all over the...

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