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I've got one more did-you-know for you: Did you know that Brandon Fahey is the fifth player to hit his first major league home run off Curt Schilling? I won't even challenge you to name the others. They're Florida's Charles Johnson (1994), the Cubs' Steve Trachsel (1996), Arizona's Erubiel Durazo (1999) and Detroit's Jarrod Patterson (2001).

In case you're wondering why manager Sam Perlozzo didn't start Fahey tonight, he noted that right-handers are hitting about 110 points higher against Tim Wakefield than left-handers. And Fahey went 0-for-4 against him in Boston.

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Brian Roberts should be glad he missed this one. He's 5-for-31 (.161) with one RBI lifetime against Wakefield. Kevin Millar is hitting .400 in 10 at-bats, compared to Jeff Conine's .133 average in 30 at-bats.

Here are some other numbers against Wakefield:

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Ramon Hernandez - .391 (9-for-23) with two homers

Javy Lopez - .308 (4-for-13)

Melvin Mora - .306 (11-for-36) with two homers and six RBIs

Jay Gibbons - .290 (9-for-31) with three homers

Luis  Matos is batting .217 (5-for-23), but he's homered twice. He gets the start in left field over Nick Markakis, who's 1-for-3.

Perlozzo said he'll probably contact Roberts after tonight's game and see how the second baseman is feeling after playing for Double-A Bowie. Roberts might decide he needs to play again tomorrow before joining the team in Washington. Either way, he should be activated on Friday, and a decision still must be made whether to send down Fahey or Ed Rogers. It doesn't sound like the Orioles would go with two catchers and part ways with Raul Chavez.

Here are the pitching matchups for this weekend's series against the Nationals at RFK Stadium:

Friday: Kris Benson (5-3, 4.38 ERA) vs. Mount St. Joe left-hander Mike O'Connor (2-1, 2.86 ERA)

Saturday: Rodrigo Lopez (1-6, 7.86 ERA) vs. Tony Armas (4-2, 3.02 ERA)

Sunday: Bruce Chen (0-4, 8.23 ERA) vs. Livan Hernandez (1-5, 6.04 ERA)

I'd love to see Jim Palmer pitch to Frank Howard this weekend. Just one at-bat.

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