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By Scott Barancik/Jewish Baseball News

Adam Greenberg made the most of his appearance in Wednesday’s (3/6/2013) exhibition game between the Baltimore Orioles and Spain.

Inserted in center field in the 6th inning, the 32-year-old walked on four pitches, scored a run, and stroked an RBI single on the first pitch he saw from right-hander Jose Cruz to help the O’s triumph 19-7. Greenberg last saw Spain play in September, when its squad defeated Team Israel to qualify for the World Baseball Classic.

Wednesday’s game didn’t count as an official Spring Training game. That’s too bad; if it had, Greenberg would have been the 18th Jew to play in MLB Spring Training so far this season. Greenberg signed a minor-league contract with the O’s in December and currently is rostered with its Triple-A affiliate, the Norfolk Tides. He last played in the minors in 2008, followed by several seasons in independent-league ball.

The O’s 19-7 victory wasn’t as lopsided as it may seem. Spain managed 14 hits, only four fewer than Baltimore. But the Orioles were far better in the clutch, going 10-for-17 with runners in scoring position versus Spain’s 2-for-9.

Danny Valencia, Greenberg’s teammate and fellow Jew, started at third base for the O’s and went 1-for-3 with a first-inning single. Valencia played for the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox last season before Baltimore acquired him in November.

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