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Maddon's advice to O's: Be patient

Even after Chris Tillman blew up and Brad Bergesen struggled against his team, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said he remains impressed with the number of good young arms on the Orioles' roster.

"I see some good arms (in the rotation) and a lot of potential,'' Maddon said, "and I think the bullpen is chock full of power arms -- with Hernandez and Simon and Berken. They just need to gain confidence. Overall, it's about fastball command. As they become more efficient, they are going to get better. They've got high-end stuff. I don't know them, so I don't know their makeup, but if the makeup is good, they are going to have some good pitchers."

Maddon also thinks the Orioles will play better during the final months of the season.

"They just got (Luke) Scott back and he killed us,'' Maddon said. "They are about to get Roberts back and he's one of the best players in the league. They've got Wieters out. I don't take Baltimore lightly at all. They definitely have some interesting things going on. It's about patience, but of course, everybody's looking for results.

"My take on the thing: As those pitchers mature, heads up. Because they have got some other pieces."

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