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After 44 games, the Orioles sit at 20-24, 10.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.

Here's a look at pitching probables and fantasy nuggets for the week ahead.

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For the three-game series vs. the Blue Jays:

Tuesday, 7:05 -- Daniel Cabrera (3-4, 4.27 ERA) vs. A.J. Burnett (4-3, 3.99 ERA)

Wednesday, 7:05 -- Steve Trachsel (2-3, 3.86 ERA) vs. Dustin McGowan (0-1, 8.22 ERA)

Thursday, 7:05 -- Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 2.95 ERA) vs. Shaun Marcum (2-2, 4.13 ERA)

For the three-game series vs. the Athletics:

Friday, 7:05 -- Erik Bedard (3-2, 4.28 ERA) vs. Dan Haren (4-2, 1.74 ERA)

Saturday, 7:35 -- TBA vs. Joe Kennedy (1-3, 2.70 ERA)

Sunday, 1:35 -- TBA

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For the O's:

Who's hot?

Brian Roberts - The O's second baseman went 7-for-14 (.500) in three games against the Nationals. Roberts hit .417 last week and is up to .297 on the season. He's also stolen 14 bases and scored 28 runs.

Erik Bedard - Even though the Orioles' ace is winless in his last six starts, he's still producing on the fantasy front. Bedard leads the majors with 75 strikeouts. Yesterday against the Nationals, he went seven strong, allowing three hits and striking out a career-high 12.

Who's not?

Corey Patterson - The O's center fielder is currently riding an 0-for-17 slump. On the season, Patterson is batting .219 with an on-base percentage of .285. He's homered once and stolen six bases. Those numbers are a far cry from '06 when Patterson hit .276 with 16 homers and 45 stolen bases.

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Danys Baez - O's fans probably haven't noticed he's struggling (that's a joke). Baez has given up eight earned runs in his last 3 1/3 innings. Against the Nationals yesterday, he was charged with two earned runs in a third of an inning. On the season, Baez's ERA is up to 6.10.

For the Blue Jays:

Who's hot?

Troy Glaus - Toronto's third baseman has hit safely in six straight games and is batting .307 on the season. Glaus went 4-for-11 (.364) with five RBIs in three games against the Orioles last week. He has eight homers, 21 RBIs and 20 runs on the season.

Shaun Marcum - Toronto's 25-year-old hurler didn't allow a hit in his first 10 innings as a starter this season. He's 1-0 with a 1.67 ERA in two starts. Marcum allowed two runs in six innings while striking out six in his last outing against the Phillies.

Who's not?

Frank Thomas - Toronto's designated hitter has yet to get things going with just two hits in his last 14 at-bats. Thomas is batting .234 with five homers and 18 RBIs on the season.

Dustin McGowan - He's struggled in three starts since being called up from Triple-A. McGowan is 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA. In his last start, McGowan was pounded for five runs in 4 2/3 innings against the Phillies.

For the A's:

Who's hot?

Jack Cust - The former Oriole has been phenomenal since filling in for an injured Mike Piazza as Oakland's designated hitter. Cust has homered eight times in 14 games. On the season, he's batting .283, but he has struck out 21 times in 46 at-bats.

Dan Haren - Oakland's 26-year-old hurler is 4-2 with an AL-best 1.74 ERA. Haren has allowed three runs or fewer in every start this season and has allowed two runs or fewer in nine of 10 outings. He hasn't dropped a game since losing his first two decisions of the year.

Who's not?

Eric Chavez - Oakland's third baseman has just three hits in his last 21 at-bats (.143). Chavez is batting .241 with five homers and 21 RBIs on the season. His average is exactly what it was in a disappointing 2006.

The fifth starter - Four of Oakland's five starters have been outstanding. Check out these ERAs...

Haren: 1.74

Joe Kennedy: 2.70

Chad Gaudin: 2.94

Joe Blanton: 3.32

But with Rich Harden on the disabled list, the A's have not been able to fill out their rotation with a fifth starter. Dallas Braden was optioned to Triple-A after going 1-3 with a 6.41 ERA in four starts.

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