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Wish I could stay for one, but I have my co-hosting gig today on ESPN Radio 1300. Orioles head trainer Richie Bancells is scheduled to call in at 5:25 p.m.

I'm fascinated by the number of comparisons being made between Eddie Murray's situation in Baltimore many years ago and what Miguel Tejada currently is going through. Interesting that so many of you see a link.

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Which players today would compare to what the Orioles received for Murray in the Dodgers trade before the 1989 season? Who are today's Ken Howell, Brian Holton and Juan Bell?

Let the insults fly.

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Really want to get creative? Which pitcher, posing as Howell, would you flip to another team for the equivalent of Phil Bradley?

Manager Sam Perlozzo said Tejada might be the designated hitter for Game 2. And Ramon Hernandez could play first base.

Former Orioles catcher Sal Fasano is taking batting practice as I type this sentence. He wasn't here long, but he'll go down as one of the all-time media favorites. Nicest guy you can ever imagine, and always willing to stick around and take questions about the starting pitcher's performance. And he was always honest. That's a nice touch.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel will serve his suspension today. And then he won't.

He'll return to his post for Game 2.

Minor league pitcher Cory Morris, a spring training invitee this year, makes his second injury-rehab start tonight at short-season Single-A Aberdeen. He ranked fourth in the Eastern League last year with a 3.03 ERA.

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