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Orioles: Let's get it started

The Orioles open the Grapefruit League schedule -- and the seemingly wide-open competition for the late slots in the starting rotation -- in about four hours, when Brad Hennessey takes the mound against Sean Green and the New York Mets.

If it's true that you never get a second chance to make a good first impression, this likely two-inning stint actually might be pretty important for Hennessey. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz explained why the other day.

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The Orioles have so many pitchers in camp that they'll have to narrow the field pretty quickly to make sure they have enough innings for the guys who have a real chance to be in the three, four and five holes in the rotation.

Injury update: Pitcher Kam Mickolio is scheduled to pitch a bullpen session today, but he's still got some residual soreness from the groin strain he suffered last week. He has not yet been told when he will make his first appearance of the exhibition season.

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