2014 Spring Training

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Reliever Darren O’Day adds changeup to submarine artillery

SARASOTA, Fla. — Heading into his third season with the Baltimore Orioles, right-handed pitcher Darren O’Day looks to continue to his winning ways. The submarine delivery that O’Day has employed since his days at the University of Florida has served him well in his first two years in Baltimore, compiling a 5-3 record with a 2.18 ERA last season. But there is always room for improvement.

Aspiring pitcher faces uphill climb to Pirates’ mound

BRADENTON, Fla. — Baseball, some say, is a young man’s sport. St. Petersburg, Fla., native Matt Benedict grew up with the sport, following in the footsteps of his father, who played ball in college. Despite the early introduction, he didn’t become a pro ball player until 22, four years after a lot of others do, he said. Today, the 25-year-old pitcher is working in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league organization, looking to make the big club.