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Orioles select three pitchers, two from Yankees, in Rule 5 draft

Orioles select three pitchers, two from Yankees, in Rule 5 draft

The Orioles knew going into Thursday’s Rule 5 draft that it would be a challenge to carry one pick next year because they still have to keep one of last year’s selections, outfielder Anthony Santander, on the roster for the season’s first six weeks to fulfill his Rule 5 requirements. Despite that, the Orioles were the most active team in the Rule 5 draft as the only team to make three selections.

Entering the draft with six open spots on their 40-man roster, the Orioles had plenty of space to take players. And the Orioles filled half of those spots by selecting left-handed swingman Nestor Cortes from the New York Yankees in the first round, right-handed reliever Pedro Araujo from...

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