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Orioles’ Kevin Gausman shines against an All-Star lineup

Depending on how he approached it, Orioles starter Kevin Gausman could have seen the circumstances of Tuesday’s exhibition matchup against the World Baseball Classic-bound Dominican Republic squad take him in any direction.

The postcard-perfect weather and the Caribbean music playing between innings could have taken the rising-star right-hander to a place far more relaxed than reality at Ed Smith Stadium, where the lineup he had to face — boasting 25 All-Star appearances between its players — certainly seemed daunting

Once the proceedings began, the man who could continue his ascension this season into a top-flight starting pitcher and possibly even start on Opening Day showed he was up for even the most unique challenge spring training could offer.

“That’s one thing I wanted to tell myself today, not to just get too crazy, you know?” Gausman said. “During the season, if I’m facing a team like that, it might be a little bit different.



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