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Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman plans to honor Roy Halladay by wearing his No. 34

Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman plans to honor Roy Halladay by wearing his No. 34

Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman plans to wear No. 34 next season to honor two-time Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay, who died last month in a small plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.

Announcing his decision to switch jersey numbers on Twitter, Gausman said Halladay was his idol growing up because they both hailed from Colorado, a state that is known more for producing winter Olympic athletes than baseball players. Gausman, 26, grew up in Centennial, Colo., a southeastern Denver suburb, while Halladay came from Arvada, which is in northwest of Denver.

“Being a kid in love with the game of baseball, many of my afternoons and fondest...