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Brian Roberts: New helmet looks funny, but serves function

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts describes his new batting helmet as “function over looks.”

Roberts, who played his first major league game in nearly 13 months Tuesday after battling multiple concussions, is wearing a helmet with double ear flaps to add protection at the plate and on the basepaths.

“The double ear flap looks funny, doesn’t it?” Roberts said before Wednesday’s game against Pittsburgh. “I just decided, 'Why take a chance of getting hit on the side that doesn’t have a flap.' It’s their newest version. It can take a little more velocity.”

Roberts, who had three hits and an RBI in his first game back Tuesday, said the helmet has taken some adjustment. He wore it for the final 10 days of his minor-league rehab assignment.

“After talking to my doctor, we just decided, you know we’ll go with function over looks,” Roberts said. “Just figured why not just be as smart as we can be.”

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