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Random O's facts and observations

*If you total up the contracts of the three Boston Red Sox starters (John Lackey, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Josh Beckett) the Orioles just faced and the three New York Yankees starters (CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte) they are about to face, it comes to more than $450 million. I'm not sure what my point is, but I'm just saying.

*There were two different New York Mets scouts at Sunday's game at Camden Yards. I know nothing about any trade talk between the two clubs, and significant trades are also not traditionally made at this time of the year. The Orioles do play the Mets in early June so it's completely possible that the scouts were just doing their normal coverage, or they could have been watching the Red Sox. Either way, if the Mets stay in it, you'd have to think that they would be one of the teams calling the Orioles about Kevin Millwood, who had another solid outing Sunday. Again, just my opinion, but Millwood would be a pretty solid option to slide behind Johan Santana and Mike Pelfrey in the Mets' rotation.

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*There has been a lot of trade speculation since the offseason centering on a couple of the Toronto Blue Jays' relievers, most notably Scott Downs and Jason Frasor. I don't know what Toronto is looking for in return, but I would think either could be options for the Orioles. Frasor has struggled this year, but he pitched really well last year, and I know the Orioles expressed some interest in Downs this past offseason. I would think the Blue Jays would be able to get more from a contender for either than what they'd get from the Orioles, so I'm not sure it's realistic. But the Orioles are in desperate need of relief help going forward.

*Say what you want about Miguel Tejada, but I don't know how you can do anything but admire his toughness. It's obvious that he's still really struggling with the hip/leg injury. Watch him run the bases and it isn't pretty. But not only has Tejada insisted on staying in the lineup, he has also had multi-hit games in seven of his past 10 games and he's hitting .436 during that span. I think this spring, Tejada was very careful to not step on any toes in his return and focus instead on his transition to third base. However, he appears to be getting more and more vocal in the clubhouse and in the dugout, and he's looking more and more like the Miggi of old.

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*I wrote on Luke Scott's struggles yesterday, pointing out that he's barely hitting .200 since the All-Star break last year. Orioles officials have said many times that you just have to ride it out with Scott because he's bound to get hot and carry the team on his back for a stretch. But, I'm not sure how long that they can let this go on. Scott was 2-for-17 on the homestand and 1-for-10 in the Boston series. Sure, that one hit was a home run off a letter-high Tim Wakefield knuckleball. But seven of those 10 outs were on strikeouts so he's clearly not seeing the ball well. Nolan Reimold also is batting under the Mendoza line, and he needs to pick it up as well. But he seems to be having more quality at-bats than Scott is at this point.

*At the other end of the spectrum, it is a pleasure to watch Nick Markakis when he's going well offensively and he's not swinging at bad pitches, driving the ball, using both sides of the field and working the count. It's obvious that Red Sox pitchers could tell he was locked in, and John Lackey even buzzed him high and tight at one point. It obviously didn't matter as Markakis went 7-for-12 in the series and had the best at-bat in Sunday's victory by drawing an eight-pitch walk off Jonathan Papelbon before scoring the winning run.

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