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Orioles' confidence in Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland on display

Lost in the Orioles’ 3-0 shutout loss to the Yankees Sunday night at Yankee Stadium was the relief performance of Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said it regularly, that you can’t hide a reliever in the AL East. Yet, McFarland hadn’t pitched in eight days since making his major league debut against the Twins on two Saturday’s ago.

On Sunday night, McFarland entered a three-run game in the seventh inning and allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out three – including the final two batters he faced in the eighth, Kevin Youkilis and Ben Francisco.

The Orioles obviously think highly of McFarland. They...