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Orioles' early winning ways, 'opener' strategy putting stress on bullpen

Orioles' early winning ways, 'opener' strategy putting stress on bullpen

If there's one drawback to the Orioles' 3-1 start entering Tuesday night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays, it's the amount of relief pitching — intentionally and unintentionally — manager Brandon Hyde has needed to secure those wins.

From Saturday's "opener" bullpen game that essentially required nine innings from relievers to the 5 1/3 innings behind Dylan Bundy on Sunday, the Orioles arrived in Toronto with a short bullpen, and all three relievers Hyde had available Monday — Pedro Araujo, Mike Wright, and Richard Bleier — pitched.

With another bullpen game started by Nate Karns on Wednesday looming, Hyde said that wouldn't influence how he used the bullpen...

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