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Orioles' middle infield situation becomes clearer in 8-5 loss to Phillies

Orioles' middle infield situation becomes clearer in 8-5 loss to Phillies

It will be at least another week before the Orioles’ 25-man Opening Day roster begins to crystallize and it will be possible to project a starting lineup, but the middle infield situation is coming into focus.

Second baseman Jonathan Villar got off to a slow start at the plate this spring, but reached base all three times up and scored twice Sunday in the Orioles’ 8-5 Grapefruit League loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium.

Veteran shortstop Alcides Escobar came into the game with a .300 exhibition batting average and went 1-for-3 with a run-scoring double.

If manager Brandon Hyde wants to put more of an emphasis on...

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