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Orioles prospect Dariel Alvarez gets manager Buck Showalter's attention

SARASOTA, FLA. — Outfielder Dariel Alvarez continued to show why he's one of the Orioles' top position player prospects, hitting a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in a 7-6 loss Saturday to the Boston Red Sox.

Alvarez put together a solid at-bat, fouling off several two-strike deliveries from Boston right-hander Dalier Hinojosa before hitting a towering blast down the left-field line.

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Orioles manager Buck Showalter, however, made it known after the game that he didn't like the way Alvarez admired the home run coming out of the batter's box.

"He did a couple things that got him noticed today, some good and some bad," Showalter said. "He had a good at-bat. Is that the first home run he hit in his career? I don't think so. Somehow, I thought it might have been.

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"He's very exuberant. He likes to play. He's a good kid. We like him. He does a lot of things well."

Alvarez is 3-for-5 with three runs, one homer and four RBIs this spring.

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First baseman Chris Davis drove in two runs in the Orioles' loss Saturday. He is 2-for-8 with one home run and five RBIs this spring. … Davis, catcher Matt Wieters and third baseman Manny Machado will not make the trip to play the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers today, but Showalter expects all three to play the next three games at home.

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