BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said that baseball feels closer to normal.

COVID-19 protocols are still in place, but a full season is expected to be played.

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Unlike last year, there will also be some fans in the stands.

That’s the good news. Beyond that, it’s another rebuilding year for the Orioles.

Baltimore is expected to lose a lot of games as the team is still in the process of developing its young players.

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Some young hitters are the reason for hope. Outfielders Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle both had a strong Spring Training.

Hyde said if fans are looking for a bright spot, it’s the batting lineup.

“We have a lot of young hitters who I think are going to come into their own,” Hyde said. “You started seeing that a little bit last year. I think we’re going to improve on that.

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The Orioles open up their season on Friday, April 2, at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.