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Eyeing the future, Orioles introduce No. 1 pick Rutschman

Tue Jun 25 3:38pm ET
AP Sports Writer

Players: Manny Machado

In this April 26, 2019, file photo, Oregon State's Adley Rutschman gets set to bat against Washington State during an NCAA college baseball game in Corvallis, Ore. The Orioles selected Rutschman as the No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. The Orioles hope Rutschman will accelerate their rebuild toward respectability. (AP Photo/Chris Pietsch, File)

BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles interrupted their miserable 2019 season to introduce a sliver of hope for the future: Adley Rutschman, the top overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft.

Rutschman sat alongside general manager Mike Elias during a news conference Tuesday at Camden Yards before the Orioles were to face the San Diego Padres, whose most notable player, Manny Machado, was nabbed by Baltimore with the third selection in the 2010 draft.

Machado became a star, but the Orioles traded him away last year in the midst of a 115-loss season because they couldn't afford to keep him beyond 2018.

Now in the process of a major rebuild, Elias is counting on Rutschman - a switch-hitting catcher from Oregon State - to become a key figure in the team's rise to respectability.

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