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Oscar's winning performance

Oscar's winning performance

Right now, I'm trying to figure out just how many Orioles fans have fallen head-over-heels in love with Oscar Salazar over the past hour or so. The guy has turned Twins starter Nick Blackburn into his personal pinata, and I'm guessing there are a few people who are ready to pencil him into next year's lineup.

Not so fast. Salazar is a 30-year-old journeyman minor leaguer with a total of 62 major league at-bats. He has a total of six major league homers, three of which he has hit in the last 24 hours. He hasn't earned the inside track in the competition for the extra infield/DH spots on the roster next year, but he has earned a chance to be mentioned in the conversation after two big run-production years in the Orioles system.

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