Despite primarily batting third the last month, he looked relaxed and confident in all four at-bats. No, he wasn't raking like Markakis — no one else in the league was except the Yankees' Derek Jeter and the Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon.
"I've done it before," he said with a shrug. "And I literally don't care where I bat in the order. It doesn't affect me one way or the other."
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This is how McLouth goes about his job. He's low-key in the clubhouse and taciturn with the media.
In his bio, there's a helpful note that says the man's name rhymes with "mouth." Which is a laugh, because there probably isn't a less-mouthy guy on the Orioles' 40-man roster.
If McLouth played the hero in one of those old Westerns, he'd be the guy who rides into town, wipes out the bad guys, then squirts tobacco juice in the dust and says: "Just doing my job, folks."
So don't look for him to get all wired about being the Orioles' new lead-off batter. In fact, the only time he became animated about his new role Sunday was when someone suggested he'd be able to use his speed more now.
"I think that's a good point," he said, "because hitting third and having (Adam) Jones and (Matt) Wieters right behind me, a lot of times you want to let those guys hit and not rush making an out on the basepaths ..."
But leading off, he said, will "be a good chance for me to maybe get in scoring position quicker and be there when those guys come up."
At least for now, the job is his. Now we'll see what he does with it.
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