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Orioles lefty Richard Bleier finding success being unapologetically himself

Orioles lefty Richard Bleier finding success being unapologetically himself

Everybody wins when Richard Bleier jogs in from the bullpen, at least where the Orioles are concerned.

Manager Buck Showalter gets the services of as reliable a reliever as he's had all year. The position players get a quick, efficient pitcher to work behind and are back in the batter's box in mere minutes. Bleier gets to spend another day in the big leagues, a dream he had given up on long ago. And the relievers left in the bullpen get a few hours of peace and quiet.

At age 30, in his first extended major league opportunity, Bleier is taking the chance to be fully, unapologetically himself.

That means throwing 90 mph sinkers and cutters down the middle of the plate...

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