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Hot streak for Orioles' Seth Smith coincides with two familiar occurrences: days off and trade rumors

Hot streak for Orioles' Seth Smith coincides with two familiar occurrences: days off and trade rumors

Orioles outfielder Seth Smith, at age 34, has played long enough to get used to two things — his place as the big half of a left-right platoon and his tenuous status as a member of any given team.

On the first account, Smith was not in the starting lineup Wednesday night despite homering three times in his past five games, including two straight, hitting .450 in that span to raise his batting average to .265. That’s because the Texas Rangers are starting left-hander Martin Perez and Smith usually finds the bench against left-handers. The same will go with left-hander Cole Hamels on Thursday night.

“For the last six or seven years, that’s how it’s been,” Smith said. “You just...

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