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When the big league season resumes, Texas Rangers star first baseman and Anne Arundel native Mark Teixeira (on the left in the photo) is expected to be back in the lineup after more than a month nursing a left quadriceps.

On what amounts to the eve of his return to the Rangers, who are mired in last place in the AL West, Teixeira -- who is batting .302 with 12 homers -- sounded off on his team and  questioned the organization's will to win.  With the Rangers probably in need of rebuilding and Teixeira's contract ending at the end of 2008, he has been the hottest name in the trade rumor mill.  And, of course, folks in these parts would love to see a local guy in an Orioles uniform.

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Sort of interesting, though.  When you read Teixeira's comments about the Rangers (example: "... When the Yankees go out and get all-stars every year and the Red Sox go out and get all-stars every year, it shows you they want to compete and win."), it sort of sounds like some of the complaints Baltimore fans and star players have had about the team here.

Makes you wonder.  Even if the Orioles did swing a trade for the Mount St. Joseph grad, how long would it be before he soured on his hometown team?

Photo credit:  Lloyd Fox/Baltimore Sun

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