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Trust paid big dividends for closer Zach Britton
Trust paid big dividends for closer Zach Britton

Orioles left-hander Zach Britton's success last season as the team's closer was based on trust — the trust he received from his manager and coaches and, more important, Britton's own trust that his heavy sinking fastball would get major league hitters out. So much has changed for Britton over the past year. He entered last spring fighting for a roster spot. Since he was out of options, if Britton hadn't made the club, he likely would have started the season with a new organization. He wouldn't have cleared waivers. But Britton found new life as a reliever, and once he took over as closer in mid-May, he was one of baseball's best turnaround stories,...