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MacPhail talks first base, Nolan Reimold

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said today that the club will stay with their current first base situation "for the time being" while team officials continue to evaluate both internal and external solutions at the position.

With Ty Wigginton entrenched at second base until Brian Roberts' return, Garrett Atkins is the only true first baseman on the Orioles' roster and he's hitting .243 with no homers and 6 RBIs in 103 at-bats this season.

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"We're not getting enough out of [first base]," MacPhail said. "That's one of the reasons we're trying to add to our options. We need to get more production out of that. We'll go the way we are for the time being and we'll see how things evolve. "

Collectively, Orioles first basemen are hitting .226 with no homers, 11 RBIs and six runs in 38 games. They are the only team in the majors without a homer from a first baseman.

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Asked specifically about how long the club will stick with Atkins, MacPhail said, "It doesn't have to be that way forever. We're looking outside, but as you know, things really don't crank up [on the trade market] yet. They will more and more, but [right now], you're pretty much looking internally."

One internal option down the road could be Nolan Reimold, an outfielder who started at first base yesterday for Triple-A Norfolk, his first professional start at the position.

"I thought it was a good opportunity for him to get some experience there," MacPhail said. "We had him take some groundballs in spring training and he'd occasionally do it during batting practice here, but I thought some game experience there would help increase his versatility, take some pressure off his [surgically-repaired] Achilles and give us some potential options down the road."

In three games for the Tides since his demotion, Reimold has started at first base, in left field, and served as the designated hitter.

"We just wanted to give him some experience [at first] and see how he takes to the position," MacPhail said. "I don't imagine that he'd be there exclusively."

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