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Don't read too much into Jay Payton being out of the lineup today. Manager Dave Trembley wanted the extra left-handed bat, and the DH slot is occupied by Miguel Tejada.

Jamie Walker will not be the closer today. And this time, I mean it.

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Hey, I should have been right last night, but Cory Doyne forced Trembley to use Walker - and have Chad Bradford warming. That wasn't the initial plan.

Trembley pretty much declared Walker unavailable today.

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Melvin Mora is accompanying the Orioles to Boston, but it's doubtful that he'll be activated without going on a minor league rehab assignment. That's Trembley's preference, but Mora will have a say in it because of the amount of time he's been in the league. I'm told he can decline.

Mora said he'll do whatever the Orioles want.

A Japanese reporter approached me in the press box before the game and asked about the significance of the numbers hanging on the warehouse. I explained The Streak to him, and then he wanted to confirm whether 2,632 was a record.

And yes, I spoke slowly and at a higher volume, figuring I would be more easily understood. Never makes sense to do it, but I'm as guilty as anyone.

Alex Rodriguez told reporters last night that the Orioles are pitching him carefully and he's probably had one good pitch to hit in three days.

One?

A-Rod dined at Pazo after the game. And I'm fairly certain that he was accompanied by his wife, if anyone cares.

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