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Rotation candidate Danys Baez is looking solid through his first two innings, giving up just one hit and no walks against a Mets lineup that includes only a couple of starting players. That can't be helped, because of the number of Mets players taking part in the World Baseball Classic, but it makes it tougher for the Orioles coaching staff to judge how far Baez has progressed in his comeback from elbow reconstruction.

Manager Dave Trembley pointed out the same thing after an earlier Baez appearance against the Red Sox. Teams are supposed to bring at least three starting position players on every road trip, but the WBC has made that difficult for a number of teams.

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Baez, by the way, threw 26 pitches through the first two innings, 20 of them for strikes.

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