Ripken, Britton Took the Field for The Birds…of Aberdeen

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The Aberdeen Ironbirds are a minor league affiliate of the Orioles, but the team has a couple of familiar names as they take the field for the season this week.

On Tuesday, Ryan Ripken made his debut after signing with the team earlier this spring. He’s the son of Cal Ripken, Jr., who is also the owner of the team. His last name is also on the stadium. No pressure. The younger Ripken went 1-for-4 and struck out twice. But it’s baseball, so there’s always a chance to make up for it…today.

Meanwhile, Orioles closer Zack Britton started the game. He’s on rehab and looking to get back in the big league bullpen. Great Britton posted Camden Yards-like numbers, needing just 11 pitches to retire three batters in the first inning.

As for the game, the home team lost 11-2.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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