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The Orioles are not exactly off to a hot start, but the news isn’t all bad. A former Atholton High School (Howard County) star has been playing solid infield defense and swinging a pretty good bat to boot.
Stud of the Week for April 7-14:
Steve Lombardozzi, Jr.
At the only everyday position still up for grabs (maybe left field, too, but that seems like an inevitable platoon situation), the 25-year-old Lombardozzi is making a case for himself at second base. He’s hitting .275, fourth-best for the O’s right now, and hasn’t committed an error in field.
With one out in the bottom of the 12th against Toronto, Lombardozzi golfed a low pitch over the head of center fielder Colby Rasmus, ultimately diving into third base with a triple. He scored the game-winning run on a single by David Lough.
Growing up in Howard County, Lombardozzi went to O’s games as a kid and naturally is happy to be playing close to home. And we’re happy he’s here, too—the O’s have had some success in the past with local infielders (Cal and Billy) playing close to home. Lombardozi’s father is best-remembered for delivering a couple of key base hits as a second baseman for the Minnesota Twins during their 1987 World Series victory and we’re thinking—given his big triple the other night—maybe those clutch genes have been passed down.