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As familiar doubts about the Orioles return, so do the reasons for optimism

As familiar doubts about the Orioles return, so do the reasons for optimism

It's time to jump in the Hot Tub Time Machine and go back exactly one year for a little spring training perspective. The Orioles were in camp by now, and the narrative about their offseason and prospects for a playoff run — minus the Dan Duquette fiasco — was surprisingly similar to that which surrounds the organization as it prepares to welcome pitchers and catchers to the Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla., on Thursday. It is, for lack of a less belabored Yogi Berra-ism, deja vu all over again. If you scan the various analytics sites on the Web, you'll find the team that reached the 2014 American League Championship Series getting the same tepid...

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