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Opportunity knocks with 6 O's in WBC '17

Showalter able to evaluate more players with roster locks leaving openings
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles will look a lot different in the next two days when five players leave camp to play in the World Baseball Classic.

Welington Castillo and Manny Machado were scheduled to leave after Sunday's 3-2 win over the Phillies to play for the Dominican Republic. Left-hander Vidal Nuno was also to depart on Sunday to play for Team Mexico. Adam Jones and right-hander Mychal Givens will leave on Monday to play for Team USA. Jonathan Schoop left on Tuesday to play for the Netherlands.

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles will look a lot different in the next two days when five players leave camp to play in the World Baseball Classic.

Welington Castillo and Manny Machado were scheduled to leave after Sunday's 3-2 win over the Phillies to play for the Dominican Republic. Left-hander Vidal Nuno was also to depart on Sunday to play for Team Mexico. Adam Jones and right-hander Mychal Givens will leave on Monday to play for Team USA. Jonathan Schoop left on Tuesday to play for the Netherlands.

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The World Baseball Classic runs from Monday through March 22. In the U.S., games will air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch, while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will provide the exclusive Spanish-language coverage. MLB.TV Premium subscribers in the U.S. will have access to watch every tournament game live on any of the streaming service's 400-plus supported devices. The tournament will be distributed internationally across all forms of television, internet, mobile and radio in territories excluding the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Get tickets for games at Marlins Park, Tokyo Dome, Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Estadio Charros de Jalisco in Mexico, Petco Park, as well as the Championship Round at Dodger Stadium, while complete coverage -- including schedules, video, stats and gear -- is available at WorldBaseballClassic.com.

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On Tuesday, the Orioles play the Dominican Republic in Sarasota. Manager Buck Showalter isn't concerned that the Orioles will place too much emphasis on a team that is in effect a Major League All-Star team

"I'm actually looking forward to it, because during the spring you need little pick-me-ups a little bit. It's a really good team," Showalter said.

The Dominican Republic includes not only Machado, who will play shortstop, and Castillo, but former Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz and Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano.

Tony Pena, the Dominican Republic's manager and father of Orioles catcher Francisco Pena, has asked Showalter to provide extra pitching for his squad.

Showalter said that he would assign right-hander Gabriel Ynoa and Minor Leaguers Luis Gonzalez and Jefri Hernandez, all natives of the Dominican Republic, to pitch against the Orioles.

With six Orioles absent, Showalter sees it as an opportunity to allow others to play.

"It helps us even more with looks," Showalter said. "Manny's going to be on our club. Castillo's going to be on our club. They're going to be on our club."

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Showalter said that he has enough infielders and outfielders in camp to fill in for the absences of Jones, Machado and Schoop. He'll miss them when they're gone.

"I hope they all get back healthy," he said. "They all can't get back with a championship."

Rich Dubroff is a contributor to MLB.com.

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