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Here are some random thoughts, since I had to get up early to let in the air conditioning repairman:

-- Got a post from Bob recently which ended with another shot about how I was one of the only people in the world that thought Dave Trembley should come back for this season. It's hard to argue in favor of Dave after what has happened this year, but I'm wondering if anybody really thinks that this would be a significantly better team today under somebody else.

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I mean, if the Orioles had spent last winter searching for a new manager, would Brian Roberts have been any healthier this spring? Felix Pie? Would a new manager have told Andy MacPhail to steer clear or that Michael Gonzalez guy?

Actually, even in retrospect, I still think extending Trembley was the right thing to do, because this team was horribly flawed and a new manager would have been tainted by it. Right now, if the O's had hired, say, Buck Showalter during the winter, a lot of you (and you know how you are) would be ranting that the Orioles screwed up another big decision and hired the wrong guy.

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-- On a happier note, my little buddy Bogart is home and doing well after some pretty extensive surgery at Virginia Tech's terrific veterinary teachers hospital. In our spare time together now, we compare scars.

-- Chris Tillman is all over the place right now, but I don't think anybody should be bailing on him. If he was good enough to pitch 7 1/3 innings of two-hit ball a week or so ago, he's good enough to do it again. I'm not making excuses for him, but keep in mind that he was pitching on eight days rest last night. Pitchers are notorious creatures of routine, so he needs to be on a regular schedule to stay sharp.

-- The link site Fark.com had a great quip about British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen: "In Oosthuizen's honor, his name will be used in the last round of the next National Spelling Bee."

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