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Checking more headlines, I see that Mike Wallace is retiring from "60 Minutes." No wonder. Isn't that how much time's left before his 100th birthday? I think he's earned it.

Daunte Culpepper says he felt unwanted by the Vikings. Wasn't it enough to be wanted by the law? There's no pleasing some people.

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Remember when Ed Rogers was touted as a can't-miss prospect in the Orioles' organization? Well, he missed, but he's having a great camp and seems to have reinvented himself. Or maybe he's just  being Ed Rogers, after team officials and the media tried to make him something more.

"He has improved so much," hitting coach Terry Crowley said. "All the work I've done with him, and the minor league staff and all the coaches he's been around...it seems like it's all finally sunk it and he's putting it all into play."

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Rogers has looked very smooth at second base, but I'm told he also made two great plays at shortstop today. And he's hitting the ball with authority. Sounds like he's the frontrunner now to take Brian Roberts' spot on the roster if the second baseman goes on the disabled list.

Crowley also had praise for Corey Patterson, noting how the center fielder actually listens to what he's told and takes it with him to home plate. Crowley doesn't like to divulge too much when it comes to instructing specific players, for fear of embarrassing them, but he noted how Patterson needs to become "consistent enough as a hitter to let us enjoy the benefits of a real fast player."

"If he hits fly balls that don't land over the fence, we're not benefitting from his legs," Crowley said. "It looks like he can help us."

Unfortunately, he was involved in a mishap today that hurt the Orioles in their 11-4 loss to the Mets. Patterson and David Newhan let a two-out fly ball fall between them in right-center field, giving Julio Franco a gift double in the fourth. Erik Bedard would have been out of the inning with the Mets leading, 2-0, after David Wright's leadoff homer. Instead, it snowballed, and he was charged with seven runs on the day. Sounds like he deserved better, especially after having six strikeouts in the first three innings.

LaTroy Hawkins tossed another scoreless inning, with two strikeouts. Sendy Rleal also had a scoreless inning. I've got him in my Opening Day bullpen. Not sure about the Orioles, but I have a hunch.

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