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4. Which newcomers play their way onto the 25-man roster?

Delmon Young, pictured, the No. 1 overall pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2003, certainly has the best shot. He is only 28, hit .260 with the Rays and Philadelphia Phillies last year and, at the very least, should be the club's designated hitter against left-handers. There's no reason he couldn't be the everyday DH with an occasional start in left field. Jemile Weeks, 27, has an outstanding chance to start at second base or be the club's utility infielder if he can hit the way he did when he was a top prospect with the Oakland Athletics. The Orioles are hoping a change of scenery will help him. As a Rule 5 pick, Michael Almanzar must be offered back to the Boston Red Sox if he can't stick on the major league roster. The Orioles have navigated the tricky Rule 5 waters in two consecutive seasons; doing it a third straight time would be difficult. That said, the club will see what Almanzar can do as Machado rehabs his knee. Ryan Webb and Alfredo Aceves are good bets for the bullpen, and Johnny Monell has a shot in his bid to unseat Steve Clevenger as the club's reserve catcher if he can prove his defense is major league-worthy. And several relievers could be in the mix for the left-handed specialist role, at least until Troy Patton returns from his 25-game suspension.
Eduardo A. Encina, Baltimore Sun
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