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Before we get to the Orioles, if you're jonesing for some fantasy football news, I made a post over the weekend about questions surrounding NFC East teams. I'll go through the other divisions in the next couple weeks.

And now, here's a look at fantasy nuggets for the Orioles' three-game series against the White Sox:

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Orioles // Standing out: Melvin Mora is 9-for-14 (.643) with three doubles, a home run and four RBIs in his last four games. He's having a good June, hitting .319 with six homers and 16 RBIs. Mora is the eighth-ranked fantasy third baseman. He's shown good power, hitting 12 homers after managing 16 all of last season.

Player to watch: Chris Ray took a loss against the Angels, allowing a two-run homer to Howie Kendrick in the ninth inning Sunday. Dave Trembley said Ray is still the closer, but it's possible that Paul Shuey and Danys Baez (once healthy) could get opportunities at the end of games. Ray has 13 saves overall to go along with a 5.15 ERA.

On the mound: Brian Burres delivered the longest outing of his career, going 7 2/3 innings for the win Saturday against the Angels. Burres' strikeout-to-walk ratio isn't great (53 to 38), but he's posted an impressive 3.38 ERA in nine starts

White Sox // Standing out: Paul Konerko is 10-for-28 (.357) with three homers and six RBIs in his last seven games. He came into this season with at least 35 homers and at least 100 RBIs in three straight seasons. This year, Konerko is batting just .255 but still has shown good power with 15 homers and 42 RBIs.

Player to watch: Jermaine Dye has been one of fantasy's bigger disappointments. He's hitting just .230 with 11 homers and 35 RBIs. Dye hit .315 last season with 44 homers and 120 RBIs. He's hit 30 or more homers twice in the last six seasons so the letdown year isn't coming completely out of nowhere.

On the mound: Mark Buehrle has been the topic of several trade rumors in the past couple weeks, and while he's been a solid fantasy starter this season, he hasn't been dominant. Buehrle is 5-4 with a 3.33 ERA and 66 strikeouts. He struggled for fantasy owners in '06, going 12-13 with a 4.99 ERA.

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