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In Orioles bullpen lacking defined roles, Mychal Givens consistently getting most important outs

In Orioles bullpen lacking defined roles, Mychal Givens consistently getting most important outs

In Orioles manager Brandon Hyde’s ideal bullpen, he would have a closer. He’d have a couple setup men, a left-handed specialist and maybe even a pair of long relievers, one lefty and one righty.

But Hyde understands that as of now, only one of his relief pitchers carries a designated role, and it’s not one defined by the inning right-hander Mychal Givens pitches. Although Givens’ past four outings have ended in saves, three of them of at least four outs, Hyde has emphasized this week that Givens’ responsibility is not the ninth inning, but the game’s biggest outs.

“I'm not managing for a save statistic,” Hyde said. “I'm trying to win the game, and I want Mike to pitch in the...

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