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Orioles: Baez reborn

Can't say enough about the way Danys Baez has gone about his business since being told late in spring training that he would no longer be a candidate for the starting rotation. He immediately refocused on making a contribution out of the bullpen and has had some success -- today's three-inning performance (no hits, no walks, three strikeouts) a particularly impressive example.

Since I'm not at the ballpark, I took the opportunity to watch him closely from the perspective of the center field camera. The movement on his pitches (when he doesn't try to overthrow) was nasty and his velocity is up into the mid-90s. If he gets proper rest and stays healthy, he could be a valuable middle guy and might even be tradeable at midseason.

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That's a lot more than anybody expected after he spent most of training camp trying to get by without his best breaking stuff. Once he trotted that out, he started to look like the guy who has only once in his major league career has allowed more hits than innings in a season.

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