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If I had a nickel every time J.R. House and Tike Redman came through for the Orioles this season...

Redman is getting more starts than I anticipated, and he's been productive. I'm not endorsing him as the starting left fielder next season, but he seems good enough to come off the bench and contribute. A left-handed bat, decent speed...

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My goal now is to end every sentence with...

Steve Trachsel finally got that elusive win today, 5-3 over the Toronto Blue Jays. I believe the last one came when he struck out rookie Julio Franco to escape a bases-loaded jam, but I could be wrong. It's been a long time, though. I'm just saying...

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(Yeah, that one shouldn't count)

Danys Baez got the save today. I fully understand why manager Dave Trembley doesn't want to force James Hoey into the closer's role. Heck, I didn't even want him in the majors until the bullpen started imploding again. But I'll stick with my earlier statement that the team should begin evaluating him in the ninth inning as the final weeks tick down.

What could it hurt? His confidence? He's been drilled at this level before and made it back.

Right now, it's good to see him having success in the seventh and eighth innings. If Chris Ray was the closer in 2008, I'd be projecting Hoey as a right-handed set-up man - similar to what Armando Benitez gave the Orioles in 1997 when Randy Myers closed. But Ray won't be around next season.

Hoey can win the job in spring training, but don't the Orioles need to determine if he's ready before the free-agent market opens?

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