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Relief pitching locks (4): Tommy Hunter, Darren O'Day, Brian Matusz, Zach Britton

Showalter hasn't named a closer -- and he likely won't. He'll just start putting Tommy Hunter into that role when the season begins and hope the big right-hander has graduated from setup man. O'Day would probably be second in line if Hunter stumbles, but the Orioles love using the submariner in tight spots in the eighth inning. And they hope his new changeup can help him fare better against lefties. The left-handed Matusz wants to be a starter, and maybe that happens again someday. But with Troy Patton suspended for 25 games to begin the season, the Orioles desperately need Matusz's arm in the bullpen. He's been great at the role in the past season-plus. It might seem surprising that Britton (pictured) is on the lock list considering he was the ultimate bubble guy in February. He is out of minor league options, meaning he'd have to pass through waivers to be sent down. His chances of being traded seemed to be 50-50 in February. No longer. After looking tentative last September, the 26-year-old lefty entered spring training with a confident, determined attitude. And it's paid major dividends. He has allowed just one run in nine innings, striking out eight and walking two. On Friday, the sinkerballer picked up three outs -- all ground balls -- on five pitches.
Kim Klement, USA Today Sports
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