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Michael Phelps takes BP with the Orioles

02/21/2013 2:06 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Michael Phelps joined Adam Jones and the Orioles for a BP session Thursday.(AP)
Wearing jersey No. 18 as a nod to his total of Olympic Gold Medals, champion swimmer Michael Phelps became somewhat of a two-sport athlete on Thursday when he took five rounds of batting practice with the Baltimore Orioles at their spring camp in Sarasota, Fla.

Phelps, an avid Orioles fan who is originally from the Baltimore suburb of Towson, Md., took his swings off Orioles third base coach Bobby Dickerson, and according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko, the swimmer “launched a few balls deep in the outfield” but was unable to hit one out of Ed Smith Stadium.

The BP session was also filmed for the upcoming season of the Golf Channel’s “The Haney Project,” in which golf instructor and ex-Tiger Woods tutor Hank Haney attempts to help Phelps improve his golf game.

“It was my first time taking BP, so it was a real cool experience, being able to do that with these guys, and especially after a remarkable season, and hopefully they have a good one coming up," Phelps told Kubatko. "Everyone was sitting here saying what I should be doing, so I just tried to listen to all of them a little bit. I wanted to hit one out, but we caught a couple that were close.”

Phelps also told Kubatko that he plans to attend the Orioles’ first home game of the season, scheduled for Friday, April 5 against Minnesota, after being unable to make a 2012 home game because he was “a little busy.”

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