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No closer title yet for Mychal Givens as Orioles' top reliever to be used in 'high-leverage situations'

No closer title yet for Mychal Givens as Orioles' top reliever to be used in 'high-leverage situations'

Just because Mychal Givens is the most experienced reliever in the Orioles bullpen doesn't mean that he'll waltz into the closer's role come Opening Day — because the Orioles may not go with a traditional closer at all.

Manager Brandon Hyde said Givens' role right now is "to pitch in high-leverage situations," and Givens said that's fine by him.

"Whether that's closing or that's the seventh or that's the eighth, obviously we're in a good spot when Mychal comes in the game to pitch," Hyde said. "We haven't determined roles or anything like that. Mike's a class act, has pitched in big games, postseason games, and he's got back-end bullpen stuff, so...

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