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BALTIMORE — Even before he arrived at Camden Yards as a member of the road team, this visit was already different for Trey Mancini.
“I rode the bus for the first time ever here,” he said. “Got dropped off down here, rather than parking in the parking lot.”
Mancini played in Baltimore on Thursday night for the first time since the Orioles sent him to the Houston Astros a day before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. Mancini received a standing ovation in the second inning when he came to the plate for the first time, then struck out looking.
“The fans and I here have such a good relationship, and they’re always going to be a special part of my baseball experience,” Mancini said before the game. “So I’m definitely looking forward to it.”
Trey Mancini received a standing ovation from Orioles fans before his first at-bat of Thursday’s game — his first in Baltimore since being traded to the Astros. AP Photo/Tommy Gilligan
The warm reaction from the fans wasn’t a surprise. Mancini played for the Orioles from 2016 until this August. When he missed all of 2020 following a colon cancer diagnosis, then returned and won Comeback Player of the