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Troy Patton
After so many injuries, unsung heroes helped Orioles to the postseason
After so many injuries, unsung heroes helped Orioles to the postseason

When Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce was sidelined for five games last week, his absence left a big hole in the lineup. Nobody realized it more than manager Buck Showalter. "He's in a little bit different stage of his career where people are counting on him, and he's kind of become a guy that we're leaning on," Showalter said. "That's what I've tried to relay to him, that you're a valuable part of this club." Pearce, who was released by the Orioles earlier this season — and for the first six years of his career was the definition of a replacement player — has been one of several unlikely contributors for a team that won the...

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