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Orioles notes: Bleier on Israel's WBC surprise, Pena vs. Pena and more

Orioles notes: Bleier on Israel's WBC surprise, Pena vs. Pena and more

Orioles left-hander Richard Bleier chose not to play in the World Baseball Classic, but might have a decision to make if the surprising Israeli team (2-0) advances past the first round.

Bleier declined the original invitation because he wanted to make the most of his opportunity to compete for a place on a major league roster out of spring training. He was a Yankee at the time, but was acquired by the Orioles and now is vying for a left-handed bullpen role.

“I played in 2013 and they reached out to me to see if I wanted to play this year,” he said. “At the time, career-wise, I’m trying to make an impression and — having a legitimate chance to compete for a...

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