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Outfielder John Andreoli puts his football roots on display for the Orioles

Outfielder John Andreoli puts his football roots on display for the Orioles

Maybe John Andreoli’s football roots aren’t immediately obvious when he’s standing in center field, waiting for a ball to fly in his direction. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound outfielder has the look of a quarterback, which is what he was at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass.

But as soon as Andreoli slams into a wall to make a catch, fearless, it’s clear. In the seventh inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Danny Jansen hit a ball toward Andreoli, who threw himself into the center-field wall for a flyout.

Though he’s the son of a New England Patriots defensive end and linebacker, Andreoli’s passion for baseball carried him through 7½ years in...

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