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Steve Pearce
Sep 8: Pearce went 2-for-4 with one RBI Monday against the Red Sox. Pearce has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles this season as he is hitting .286 with 16 home runs and 38 RBI. Throw in his .357 on-base percentage and he has is having by far the best season of his career.

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Sep 7: Pearce is in the lineup again Sunday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Pearce played Saturday for the first time in a week after dealing with an abdominal injury. He appears to be fully healthy now.

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Sep 6: Pearce (abdomen) went 0-for-2 and drew a pair of walks before departing for a pinch-runner late in Saturday's game against the Rays. The game action was Pearce's first since August 29. With Manny Machado out for the season, Pearce will likely see his time at first base with Chris Davis covering third down the stretch, mostly against left-handed pitching.

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Sep 6: Pearce (abdomen) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Rays, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. An abdominal strain sidelined Pearce for more than a week, but he'll step back in Saturday as Chris Davis heads across the diamond to third base to face lefty Drew Smyly. Pearce is batting .326/.396/.663 with seven homers in 96 plate appearances against left-handed pitching this season.

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Sep 4: Pearce (abdomen) will hit off a tee Thursday and take batting practice Friday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. If Pearce completes both activities without incident, there's a good chance he'll be available to play Saturday against the Rays. Pearce has been held out of the lineup for the past six games.

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Sep 3: Pearce (abdomen) remains out of the lineup Wednesday against the Reds, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Per the Baltimore Sun's Eduardo A. Encina, Pearce is still waiting to receive clearance to swing a bat. He's reported improvement with his abdominal strain in recent days, but until he properly tests out the injury, a return to the lineup shouldn't be considered imminent.

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Sep 3: The Orioles are playing it cautious with Pearce (abdomen), but he will attempt to swing a bat in the next few days, MASN Sports reports. There was initially hope that Pearce would be able to return to the lineup in the middle of the week, but that plan appears to be out the window. If Pearce cannot swing a bat for another couple of days, he may not get back into the lineup until sometime next week.

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Sep 1: Manager Buck Showalter said Pearce is doing better and could do a "test run" during the series with the Reds, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. With that news, it appears Pearce will likely make an appearance sometime in the next few days assuming everything goes well. When he returns, it will likely push Chris Davis back to third base despite the addition of Kelly Johnson to the roster.

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Sep 1: Pearce (abdomen) remains out of the lineup Monday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Pearce left Friday's game with an abdominal strain, but the MRI results came back negative. He is still considered day-to-day, but is out of the lineup again Monday. Chris Davis is again in at first while Jimmy Paredes will man third.

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Aug 31: Pearce (abdomen) remains out of the lineup Sunday against the Twins, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. A strained abdomen will keep Pearce on the bench for the second straight game, forcing Chris Davis to move over from third base to cover for him at first base. The Orioles bolstered their depth in the corner infield by acquiring Kelly Johnson from the Red Sox on Saturday, but Pearce's strong production this season should give him the edge in holding onto his job once he returns to full health.

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Aug 30: Pearce (abdomen) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Twins, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. Chris Davis will return to first base with Pearce ailing, as Jimmy Paredes steps in at the hot corner. An MRI cleared Pearce of any abdominal tears, and his injury isn't related to his oblique or intercostal muscles, but the team could opt to give him several more days to recover. A DL stint is likely not in the cards with rosters set to expand Monday.

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Aug 30: An MRI on Pearce's strained abdomen showed no tears, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports. The news is generally positive for Pearce, who was forced from Friday's game after three innings as a result of the abdominal injury. He does not have any tears nor is his issue related to his oblique or intercostal muscles, so he's merely day-to-day. That said, it would not be a surprise if Pearce remained limited at least through the weekend.

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Aug 29: Pearce will have an MRI on Saturday after leaving Friday's game in the fourth inning with an abdominal strain, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. It would hardly be surprising to see the Orioles hold Pearce out of the lineup Saturday, even if the results of his MRI are favorable. For now, he's simply considered day-to-day, as there's no clear timetable for his return.

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Aug 29: Pearce left Friday's game in the fourth inning with a right abdominal strain, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Pearce was set to be pinch hit for in the bottom of the third inning, but his replacement was left in the on-deck circle. Jimmy Paredes then replaced him in the lineup, taking over at third base while Chris Davis moved back to first. He is currently listed as day-to-day until the team releases the extent of his injury.

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Aug 28: Pearce hit a solo home run in Thursday's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay. It was his 16th homer of the season. Pearce is in the midst of a nice 11-game hitting streak, with five home runs during that stretch. His production had tailed off in the early part of August, so he wasn't playing much. That's changed now, as he's started every game during the aforementioned hitting streak.

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Aug 25: Pearce went 2-for-5 with a solo home run and two runs scored Monday against the Rays. Pearce is currently on an eight-game hitting streak where he has four home runs, five RBI and eight runs scored. He is having by far the best season of his career and is heating up again.

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Aug 25: Pearce will be in the lineup for the eighth consecutive game Monday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. He'll play first base and bat second in the order. Pearce's offensive surge earlier this summer put him on the fantasy radar in just about all fantasy formats, but once his production tapered off, he began to settle into more of a part-time role. However, the season-ending injury to Manny Machado appears to have created a renewed opportunity for Pearce, who has reemerged as a regular at first base while Chris Davis moves over to third. He's collected hits in each of his last seven starts, producing five doubles, three homers and four RBI. His hot bat and favorable placement in the lineup probably makes Pearce worthy of another look if he's available on the waiver wire.

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Aug 24: Pearce went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's loss to the Cubs. Pearce provided Baltimore's only offense in the 2-1 defeat. After struggling earlier this month, Pearce has started to heat up again, putting together a seven-game hitting streak. In that span, he's gone 10-for-30 (.300) with three homers, five doubles, and four RBI.

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Aug 17: Pearce homered and doubled in Sunday's win over the Indians. After a scorching May and June for Pearce, he tapered off in July (.231/.322/.359) and has had his playing time severely curtailed. The homer was his first since July 10.

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Aug 7: Pearce is out of the lineup again Wednesday against the Blue Jays, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. Despite his .288/.359/.502 batting line this season, Pearce appears to be the odd man out of the mix in the outfield and at first base, with Chris Davis getting the majority of the starts there. He has now sat for five of the last six games, and will likely continue receiving sparse playing time going forward.

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Aug 3: Pearce is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mariners, Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore reports. The Orioles will remove several right-handed bats from their lineup Sunday as they look to play matchups against tough righty Hisashi Iwakuma. Pearce will find himself out of the lineup as a result, giving way to David Lough in left field.

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Aug 1: Pearce is out of the lineup Friday against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Pearce will yield the start at first base to Chris Davis, who is back in the lineup after dealing with an illness the past few days. Pearce has played five of the last six games, but with a loaded outfield and another good first baseman on the roster, Pearce's playing time could be more sparse going forward.

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Jul 27: Pearce is back in Baltimore's lineup Sunday against the Mariners, MASN Sports reports. Pearce is getting just his second start in the last five games. He has struggled over the last several weeks, hitting just one home run since July 2 after swatting six from June 17 to July 1.

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Jul 26: Pearce is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mariners, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. Pearce will sit for the third time in four games, as Ryan Flaherty mans second and Delmon Young bats second against right-hander Chris Young. There has been no word of an injury to Pearce, so it would seem his reduced playing time of late is strictly performance-related. The 31-year-old Pearce struck out in all four plate appearances Friday, and he's batting just .239/.329/.397 this month.

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Jul 26: Pearce has slumped out of the All-Star break, going just 4-for-23 with two doubles, two runs and zero RBI. Pearce turned into one of the best-kept secrets in June and early July, but he has hit a rough spot and sat two games in a row in favor of Delmon Young. After returning to the lineup Friday, Pearce went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. In his last four games, he is 1-for-16 with eight strikeouts.

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Jul 24: Pearce is out of the lineup for the second straight game Thursday against the Mariners, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. After a scorching hot stretch, Pearce has finally began to cool down a bit, and will warm the bench for the second game in a row. Nelson Cruz will take over his spot in left field, while Delmon Young serves as the DH.

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Jul 23: Pearce is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Angels, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports. Pearce has cooled off over the past week, with just four hits in his last 19 at-bats, but he's still sitting on a .918 OPS for the season. He'll give way to David Lough on Wednesday, but Pearce will likely continue to occupy left field and the two-hole in the batting order for Baltimore on a near-everyday basis.

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Jul 10: Pearce went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and pair of runs scored in Thursday's win over the Nationals. Pearce missed a couple of games earlier in the week with a hamstring injury, but seems to be OK moving forward. He's been a gem for fantasy owners, producing great counting stats from the No. 2 spot in Baltimore's lineup.

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Jul 9: Pearce (hamstring) is back in the lineup Wednesday against the Nationals, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports. After missing the past two games in order to rest a sore hamstring, Pearce will take on left field and bat second in the order. He'll attempt to sustain his success at the plate since June 17, a span in which he hit a robust .347 (26-for-75) with six homers, 18 RBI, 15 runs, two stolen bases, and 10 walks versus 13 strikeouts.

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Jul 8: Pearce (hamstring) is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nationals, according to MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. Pearce was able to pinch hit Monday, so it's likely his absence has more to do with the Orioles playing in an NL park than the injury. Either way, consider Pearce day-to-day until he returns to the starting lineup.

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Jul 7: Pearce was held out of Monday's lineup with a sore hamstring, MASN Sports reports. Pearce was used as a pinch hitter and flew out in extra innings. The Orioles would have to sit either Nelson Cruz or Chris Davis in order to play Pearce without the DH in an NL park again Tuesday. Coming into Monday's game, Pearce had only missed one game since June 17th.

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Jul 7: Pearce is out of the lineup Monday at Washington, Roch Kubatko of MASN reports. The reigning American League Player of the Week, Pearce is batting a sweltering .320/.357/.520 with one homer, five RBI, six runs, and two stolen bases in 25 at-bats so far in July. However, with the Orioles set to play in an NL park Monday and Tuesday, he's been handed a day off in favor of Chris Davis at first base.

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Jul 3: Pearce went 4-for-5 with a run scored, two RBI and pair of steals in Thursday's win at Texas. Pearce continues to rake, hitting second in Baltimore's potent lineup. Even if he can't sustain his current .983 OPS, he's earned regular at-bats, which should help his counting stats.

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Jul 2: Pearce mashed his 10th home run in the first inning of Tuesday's win over the Rangers. Pearce had never hit more than four dingers in a season coming into 2014, and he's on pace to break all his single-season records. His .744 career OPS compared to his current .988 OPS suggests that he's due for a regression in the second half, but he's pushed his way into a regular spot in the lineup and should continue to be a decent source of power for fantasy owners.

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Jun 30: Pearce went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI Monday against the Rangers. Pearce is on a power surge as he has hit five of his nine home runs this season since June 17th. He is hitting a lofty .327 this season and is starting to see more playing time of late due to his hot hitting. He is a career .252 hitter and his nine homers this season are already his career-high, so it's unlikely that he will continue to be able to produce at this rate for the remainder of the season.

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Jun 27: Pearce is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Friday's doubleheader against the Rays, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. Pearce will yield left-field duties to David Lough in the nightcap of Friday's twin bill, after rattling off nine consecutive starts for Baltimore. Making the most of his recent opportunities, Pearce has recorded multiple hits in six of those nine starts, with three homers over that span, so it seems likely he'll remain in the two-hole moving forward.

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Jun 24: Pearce went deep for the seventh time this season as part of a 2-for-3 night against the White Sox on Tuesday. Batting second and playing left field, Pearce extended his modest hit streak to seven games, a span that has seen him swat three homers, eight RBI and plate eight runs. In other words, life in the No. 2 hole has been good to the 31-year-old, who has progressed from making mostly spot starts against lefties to becoming an everyday player (eight starts in the last nine games) in the O's lineup.

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Jun 20: Pearce went 2-for-5 with a double, a run and an RBI in Friday's loss to the Yankees. Pearce made his fifth straight start and has multiple hit games in each of his last three. In addition, Pearce is also slugging over .900 and he has filled the void as the No. 2 hitter for now with Manny Machado dropped in the order.

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Jun 17: Pearce had himself a fine night at the plate Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a home run, double, two walks, two RBI and two runs scored in the Orioles' 7-5 win over the Rays. Pearce has a fantastic .317/.367/.535 slash line on the year, albeit in only 101 at-bats since he almost exclusively starts against lefties. Pearce now has five home runs on the year to go with 14 RBI.

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Jun 1: Pearce is not in the lineup Sunday against the Astros, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports. Pearce has started three straight in left field for the Orioles, but will give way to David Lough on Sunday afternoon. With veteran righty Scott Feldman on the mound for the Astros, manager Buck Showalter likely wanted to use Lough to get another left-handed bat in the lineup.

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May 27: Pearce returned to his bench role Tuesday against the Brewers, but hit a three-run homer as a pinch hitter. Pearce has remained hot in his limited role, going 7-for-15 with a homer and a double in the last week. He will almost definitely sit again Wednesday as the Orioles finish up in Milwaukee, an NL park. The DH will be in play once again beginning Thursday and Pearce should be pressing for increased at-bats at that time.

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May 25: Pearce went 3-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Indians. Entering the lineup in place of Chris Davis -- who was placed on the paternity list Sunday -- Pearce stepped in admirably at first base and looks primed for some decent short-term value in daily formats while Davis remains away from the team over the next couple of days. He batted fifth in Sunday's lineup, directly behind a leading early-season AL MVP candidate in Nelson Cruz.

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May 25: As expected, Pearce is in Sunday's lineup against the Indians, MASN Sports reports. Pearce is batting in the meat of the order. He will get additional playing time with Chris Davis on the paternity list. Pearce is hitting .302/.351/.528 on the season, so the playing time has been earned.

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May 23: Pearce should see between one and three starts beginning Sunday with Chris Davis headed to the paternity list. Pearce didn't play for a week before pinch hitting Wednesday and starting Thursday. Davis can miss up to three games with his wife scheduled to be induced Sunday.

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May 12: Pearce did not start Sunday or Monday after Chris Davis (oblique) was activated from the DL. Pearce entered Sunday's game for David Lough, played left field and went 0-for-2. Pearce's playing time may evaporate now that Davis is back. He was waived just before the Davis injury after seeing action in just three games through late-April. The Orioles were able to bring him back when Davis went down. The good news for Pearce is that David Lough is hitting just .167 on the season and even with a potential platoon in play, the Orioles have to consider getting Pearce into the lineup one way or another given Lough's struggles.

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May 8: Pearce went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Thursday's 3-1 win at Tampa Bay. Pearce has homered in two of the last three games, but his playing time will likely be dramatically cut once Chris Davis (oblique) returns from the disabled list.

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May 6: Pearce went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Baltimore's win over the Rays on Tuesday. It was Pearce's first homer of the season. The bad news for Pearce is that Chris Davis appears to have had the timeline for his return moved up to sometime next week. When Davis makes it back, Pearce's playing time may evaporate.

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May 2: Pearce started his third game in a row Friday since re-signing with the Orioles and is 5-for-12 with a run, two RBIs and five strikeouts. Pearce likely had some behind-the-scenes deal with the Orioles to get a grasp on playing time in the absence of Chris Davis. It is rare that a player gets waived by a team, claimed by another, and then returns to the original time. Pearce has made it work so far, but his playing time only extends until Davis returns.

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Apr 29: Pearce re-signed with the Orioles after rejecting a team's waiver claim Tuesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports. Pearce will be in uniform for Wednesday's game against the Pirates. He could even get a start at first base. Pearce chose to return to the Orioles, likely because of a better playing time situation with Chris Davis (oblique) out rather than sit at the end of a team's bench or be optioned to the minors.

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Apr 29: Pearce was claimed on unconditional release waivers but instead opted for free agency, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. Pearce can now ink a contract with any organization, but the Orioles are hopeful that they'll be able to re-sign him due to their sudden void at first base due to Chris Davis' bout with a strained left oblique. However, in order to bring him back into the fold, the Orioles will have to keep a spot open on the 25-man roster, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, which may be difficult with the imminent season debut of Manny Machado (knee).

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Apr 29: The Orioles are hoping to re-sign Pearce if he is not claimed off waivers Tuesday, MASN Sports reports. No sooner did the Orioles waive Pearce than Chris Davis went down with an oblique injury. In theory, Pearce could be brought directly back to Baltimore and work in a timeshare at first base while Davis is out. We should know more about where Pearce might land by Wednesday.

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Apr 27: Pearce was released by the Orioles on Sunday, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports. Pearce had seen little playing time with the Orioles up to this point and was designated for assignment Tuesday to make room for T.J. McFarland in the bullpen. Instead of taking this demotion, Pearce was released, and is now free to catch on with another club.

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Apr 22: Pearce was designated for assignment Tuesday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. Pearce rarely took the field this season, despite his flexibility about the field, picking up just seven at-bats through the first three weeks of the season. His 40-man roster spot was needed to add T.J. McFarland to the bullpen.

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Apr 22: Pearce is likely to be sent to the minors with the Orioles needing to make room for T.J. McFarland on Tuesday, MASN Sports reports. More than three weeks into the season, Pearce has received just one start and seven at-bats. The bench will be thin with another bullpen arm on the roster and J.J. Hardy day-to-day. If Hardy is not available, that would leave just two players on the bench. However, the Orioles have dealt with Hardy injuries since the first week of the season and still Pearce's services have not been needed.

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Apr 13: Pearce made his first start of the season Sunday and went 1-for-4 with a double. It is just Pearce's third game this season as he entered Sunday 0-for-3 on the year. The Orioles are getting good production out of Nelson Cruz and Delmon Young. Even David Lough missing a couple games last week did not result in a start for Pearce. Cruz finally got a day off Sunday. It looks like Pearce is buried on the depth chart as the last guy on the roster at this point.

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Mar 26: Pearce's chances of making the Orioles improved following Tuesday's announcement that Nolan Reimold will begin the season on the disabled list, MASN Sports reports. Pearce has seen more at-bats this spring that any other Oriole. For having 50 at-bats, his numbers are about where you would expect - .280/.302/.440 slash line - but he has just one home run. Pearce figues to split time with Delmon Young in backing up the left field and DH positions and Pearce will also serve as the backup for Chris Davis at first base.

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Feb 23: Pearce's chances of making the Orioles took a hit when the club signed Nelson Cruz, MASN Sports reports. Pearce appears set to duke it out with Delmon Young for the last spot on the roster, though it is not clear that the Orioles would have a spot for either player. David Lough and Nolan Reimold are the favorites to make the roster right now, so Pearce could very easily be one of the odd men out.

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Feb 3: Pearce says the wrist that bothered him for a good part of the second half of the 2013 season is no longer an issue, MASN Sports reports. Pearce's left wrist caused him the most angst starting in late June and persisting through the rest of the season. One problem with Pearce is his inability to stay healthy dating back to his days with the Pirates. It appears he is fully healthy heading into spring training, though there will be plenty of competition for outfield jobs with the Orioles.

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