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Orioles warm up in Sarasota for the upcoming season

Orioles warm up in Sarasota for the upcoming season

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Photos by Karl Merton Ferron, text by Joshua Land

Spring training is a time to prepare and warm up for the grind of another six-month baseball season.

It’s a time for players to gain favor as club officials evaluate who will be one of the lucky 25 to go north in April, and who will disperse among the minor league affiliates.

At the Orioles’ Ed Smith Stadium complex in Sarasota, Fla., much of the roster is already determined. Few spots are up for grabs. But this spring carries weight for an Orioles team with a record payroll coming off a disappointing .500 season. So, browse images of the assembled players stretching, practicing and bonding amid the balmier Florida temperatures leading up to the start of Grapefruit League play the first week of March.
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2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships

2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships

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In table tennis, a player has fractions of a second to react to her opponent’s play. The photographer, meanwhile, tries to react to them both. For all parties, anticipating is the only way to stay ahead. Anyone who’s ever tried to photograph any type of ball sport — or even just a toddler tossing a toy — should appreciate these shots of the 2016 World Team Table Tennis Championships by Manan Vatsyayana of Agence France-Presse.

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Heading to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Heading to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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Members of the Sam Houston Trail Ride made their way down a highway in Tomball, Texas on Tuesday, heading for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. More than 3,000 riders from 13 trail rides will converge in Houston Friday for the event. The riders will take part in the downtown rodeo parade on Saturday.

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Just throwing and catching and hitting and running: Warming up with baseball spring training

Just throwing and catching and hitting and running: Warming up with baseball spring training

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No matter what the groundhog says, or what the thermometer says back home, the sight of their teams on the practice fields in Florida and Arizona tells baseball fans spring can’t be far, even if only the last couple weeks of spring training are actually in spring. Here’s a glimpse of some of the early action in Major League Baseball camps.

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