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Leading in extra innings

We need to add yet another victory to Kris Benson's "deprived" list. Let's not judge him strictly on his record this season.

What is it with David Newhan and his immediate impact when he enters the lineup?

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If I'm manager Sam Perlozzo, I'm moving Nick Markakis into a new spot in the order every night, just for the home run he's assured of hitting in his first at-bat.

Tomorrow, I'd have him hitting fourth. Then I'd move him to fifth. Maybe let him lead off in Oakland.

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Vice president Jim Duquette was a call-in guest to The Anita Marks Show earlier today on ESPN Radio 1300, and he revealed that Markakis was batting third and Melvin Mora second. Maybe I can talk him into providing the lineup every night while the team is on the road.

Duquette noted how reliever Tim Byrdak, designated for assignment, hasn't been the same since last year, "mainly because of the injury." Byrdak underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.

He's a left-handed reliever. He'll turn up somewhere.

Infielder Angel Chavez, the player-to-be-named-later in the Jeff Conine trade, will be assigned to Double-A Bowie. Chavez, 25, batted .276 with six homers and 28 RBI in 60 games for Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre after hitting .255 with five homers and 32 RBI in 63 games for Double-A Reading.

Speaking of Scranton, Duquette noted how it's "the most obvious" place for the Orioles to relocate their Triple-A affiliate next season.

Also, Duquette stressed that Perlozzo doesn't need the front office's approval for every move he makes. But Perlozzo is known to bounce ideas off Duquette and executive vice president Mike Flanagan, especially where Markakis is concerned.

As long as I'm publicizing the reunion of the 1966 World Series team at The Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University, I should probably note that it's taking place on Oct. 19. I left out the date in my earlier blog entry.

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