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The Orioles have spoken again with Buck Showalter about the managerial position, and although he is very interested and considered the favorite, the team has still has not offered him the job.

"I have not been offered anything, that's for sure," Showalter said tonight, refusing further comment.

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It's believed that the Orioles are getting closer to a decision and could have a new manager in place as early as the start of the second half.

Principal owner Peter Angelos and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail did not return calls seeking comment, but multiple sources have been saying for the past couple of weeks that Showalter had emerged as the favorite over Eric Wedge, who has interviewed for the position twice, and former Orioles player and coach and current broadcaster Rick Dempsey.

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The only other candidate to be interviewed was former New York Mets and Texas Rangers manager Bobby Valentine and he pulled his name out of consideration.

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