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This is my second game back in the press box after a 10-week absense and I'm starting to realize how much important media interaction I've missed since tearing my right Achillies tendon and undergoing surgery to reattach it.

Tonight, the big issue in the early innings was whether Roch Kubatko and Jeff Zrebiec would join the rest of the regular writers and grow a goatee in time for us to have an All-Beard team photo on the last home date of the regular season. Roch is game, but Jeff apparently feels that he would be doing the women of the world a disservice to cover even a small part of his face.

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Now, things are getting a little more serious. We're arguing over who should be the Orioles MVP. The Brian Roberts supporters are -- for the moment -- being shouted down by the Nick Markakis supporters, but I believe Roberts will emerge on top when the actual ballots are counted in a couple of weeks.

Meanwhile, Chris Tillman is done, though not in any negative way. He gave up four hits over 6 2/3 innings and just left the game with one out and runners at first and third.

Crawford caught twice: Matt Wieters has thrown out speedy Carl Crawford twice trying to steal second base tonight. It's only the second time in Crawford's career he has been caught more than once in a game. Rangers catcher Gerald Laird caught him twice on April 10, 2007.

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