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To quote the great philosopher Ricky Ricardo: Luuuucy, you've got some 'splainin' to do.

OK, we get that baseball is a business and that the Orioles, under new chieftain Andy MacPhail, are building to get better.

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We get that neither reliever John Parrish nor utility infielder Chris Gomez were likely to be around when (if?) the club returns to prominence.

So, dealing them for prospects or for something that will make the team better down the line might be tough to take, but necessary. OK, we get that.

What we don't get is how Gomez, who has filled in valiantly this season, especially during stretches when third baseman Melvin Mora and shortstop Miguel Tejada were hurt, could slip away for only a $20,000 waiver claim to the Indians? What, did the pepperoni pizza Cleveland offered not get through?

Consider that if the Orioles hadn't pulled back Tejada from a White Sox waiver claim earlier this week, Gomez would almost certainly have started last night's 13-8 debacle loss to Seattle. Now, he's gone for nothing more than a hearty handshake.

Of course, the move isn't such a bad one for Gomez. He jumped 12 games in the standing and from a club headed for another dismal fourth-place finish in the American League East all the way into first place in the AL Central and into the heat of a playoff race. Still, someone should answer for this.

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