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Admittedly, what we've seen from Kam Mickolio is a very small sample, but you have to be impressed with his command and velocity since he moved into the setup rotation. He still hasn't allowed a major league run and his fastball topped out at 97 miles per hour during today's strong 1 1/3-inning outing, leaving room to wonder when his name will start getting traction as next year's eighth-inning setup guy or even a closer candidate.

The Orioles figure to go into next year with Jim Johnson projected into the closer role and Chris Ray in a setup/closer hybrid situation, but there's nothing wrong with putting somebody else on the same path. Mickolio's stock is going up, which only sweetens the return from the two big deals Andy MacPhail pulled off before the 2008 season.

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