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The road grays

The deadline has passed for teams to submit uniform changes to Major League Baseball. From what I'm told, "Baltimore" still won't be appearing on the road jerseys in 2007. Sorry. I know how much that means to a lot of you.

A reminder that the Orioles are expected to return to a 12-man pitching staff once Jay Gibbons comes off the disabled list. He's eligible on Sunday.

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Reliever Todd Williams is scheduled to be a guest on The Anita Marks Show tomorrow on ESPN Radio 1300. She's likely to bring up his comment about throwing "like a girl" while starting a double play at home plate. I'll be co-hosting again.

I'm also hoping to have the Orioles' top draft choice, Bill Rowell, on the show.

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And that, my friends, is my shameless plug for the week.

Was there a better name in the draft than Evan Longoria, who went third to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays? I guess they were desperate for infield help.

Nice job by Erik Bedard in escaping a first-inning jam. The Blue Jays had runners on second and third with no outs, but Bedard struck out Vernon Wells on three pitches and retired Troy Glaus on a fly ball to left fielder Jeff Conine, who threw out Reed Johnson at the plate.

That might have been the best throw Conine has made all year.

Ramon Hernandez extended his hitting streak to eight games with a run-scoring single in the first. He's 13-for-29 with 10 RBIs in that stretch.

Which free agent signings would you rank ahead of that one?


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