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Trey Mancini back in right field as Orioles host Rays

Trey Mancini will make his second straight start in right field Tuesday afternoon against a Tampa Bay Rays split squad at Ed Smith Stadium, his crash-course adjustment to the outfield continuing one day after playing his first game there since 2011.

Before Monday, Mancini -- a first baseman by trade -- hadn't played the outfield in a game since 2011 in college summer ball after his freshman season at Notre Dame.

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He did not have a fly ball hit right to him in the Orioles' 6-4 Grapefruit League win over the Philadelphia Phillies, but he chased down several balls in right field. Manager Buck Showalter said he seemed to carry better arm strength than anticipated, but Mancini said he will work on having a longer arm action to get more on his throws from the outfield.

"I thought I could have done better with that," Mancini said. "I think I had a little too short of an arm action when I got the ball, so that's something I'm going to work on and think about more in today's game."

The Orioles believe keeping Mancini on the right side of the field can ease his transition, and Mancini said he was surprised by how similar it felt to first base.

"It wasn't as much as a change as I thought," Mancini said. "You're on the same side of the field, so the angle is pretty similar that you see the batter. You're just farther away, but your ready position and everything is pretty similar. It felt a lot more comfortable than you would think actually as far as seeing the game from out there.

"The perception is different. You're out there way further back and you've got to take a second to read fly balls and see where they're going, but it does help, I'd say, being on the same side of the field."

>> Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will return to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays. He hasn't played in a Grapefruit League game in nearly a week, seeing his last action last Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Davis was away from the team for two days battling bronchitis before returning Monday. He is 3-for-13 with five walks and three strikeouts this spring.

>> Catcher Caleb Joseph is not in the starting lineup a day after getting hit by a pitch above his left elbow, but said he could have played. Francisco Pena is starting.

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