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Three male fans sitting behind home plate are wearing white Orioles jerseys. On the back of the first one is the name "F Angelos" and the No. 06. The middle seat is occupied by "Palmeiro," with a black asterisk next to the No. 25. And on the right is "Sosa" with the No. 21.

How long before an usher escorts Angelos out of the ballpark?

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How long before Major League Baseball tests the other two?

Taka, one of my loyal readers, says he needs a job. Check with the Cubs after the season. There should be an opening.

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Here's a crazy stat: Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez is batting .337 with 12 homers and 43 RBIs in 48 games at Camden Yards. He's batting .198 with three homers and 23 RBIs in 47 road games.

Kris Benson will begin an exercise program to combat the tendinitis that "he's kind of been working through the last month and a half or so," manager Sam Perlozzo said.

"We're going to see how it goes the next three or four days. Hopefully, he'll only miss a start. We'll see how it goes and where we plug him in."

Perlozzo said reliever Tim Byrdak is "getting close" to returning.

Here's what Bruce Chen said about being named Sunday's starter: "I've been throwing the ball good lately, and this is a chance to go out there and help my team."

As for trying to salvage a terrible season, Chen said, "I've never given up. I've worked real hard, trying to do my best every time I go out there. I don't want to think about what happened earlier. I just want to keep pitching and keep getting better."

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