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NBA's Pat Connaughton, an Orioles draft pick, believes he will eventually return to baseball

NBA's Pat Connaughton, an Orioles draft pick, believes he will eventually return to baseball

Former Orioles draft pick Pat Connaughton is following his dream of playing in the NBA, nearly three months into a rookie season with the Portland Trail Blazers that has been short on playing time but, in his eyes, possesses plenty of promise.

Still, Connaughton — a talented right-handed pitcher who was the Orioles' fourth-round draft selection out of Notre Dame in 2014 — said baseball is never far from his mind. And even though he's playing in the NBA, he believes his career will eventually lead him to a major league mound.

"In my mind, I will pitch in MLB," Connaughton said Monday afternoon before the Trail Blazers' game against the Washington Wizards...

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