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Forget the Cal Ripken license plate. I'm saving my money for the Jim Traber gas cap.

Al Arbour reportedly will sign a one-day contract with the New York Islanders and coach the team on Nov. 3 to extend his record for most games coached with one team to 1,500.

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It was either that, or bunt in the first inning.

Since the Detroit Tigers have recalled outfielder Timo Perez from Triple-A Toledo, Norfolk infielder Mike Cervenak now leads the International League in hits.

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The Orioles really want to keep their 40-man roster at 39. They activated pitcher Jon Leicester from the 60-day disabled list and designated him for assignment.

They're hoping that he clears waivers and eventually works out of that jam at Fenway Park.

In case you're still wondering why Danys Baez got tagged with Wednesday night's loss after leaving the game and having his runner erased on a force, the batter who reached on the play, in essence, becomes a replacement runner. The lead runner still gets charged to Baez unless he's eliminated on a double play.

Make sense?

I'm still trying to make it work in my head.

Meanwhile, an Orioles official believes negotiations with Matt Wieters will heat up by Aug. 1 and negotiations will start going "around the clock." I have little doubt that a deal will get done. Just not anytime soon.

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