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The Orioles lost to the Blue Jays last night, dropping them to 0-7 against Toronto this season (but hey, they're 29-53 against the rest of baseball).

In the 4-2 loss, the Orioles got back to their unclutch ways, with Corey Patterson, Cesar Izturis and Adam Jones each striking out in the later stages of the game with two outs and a pair of runners in scoring position. Meanwhile, starter Brad Bergesen struggled again, but he still got a vote of confidence -- kind of -- from Juan Samuel. "You have got to continue to throw him out there," the Orioles' interim manager said after the game.

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If you're desperate to see changes made, you won't have to wait much longer (unless you're waiting for the increasingly testy Andy MacPhail to name a new manager).

Luke Scott, who injured his hamstring jogging out a home run, and Michael Gonzalez, who hurt his shoulder blowing saves in April, are expected to return during this homestand. Brian Roberts (back), Matt Wieters (hamstring) and Kevin Millwood (mental, emotional and arm fatigue) aren't far behind them.

Then there are the Orioles' trade possibilities.

The Orioles' young players are most likely off limits, but a few veterans who don't fit into the Orioles' long-term plans could be valuable role players on contending teams. Ty Wigginton and Miguel Tejada have drawn interest, and Orioles such as Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie and Will Ohman could be dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.

The Orioles probably won't add a player for their major-league roster in a deadline deal -- just more prospects to stock their improving farm system. But that isn't a huge issue because the team will soon be back at full strength.

Either way, the Orioles' 25-man roster should look pretty different two weeks from now. Maybe that group of guys can figure out how to beat the Blue Jays.

An hour later, here's an update on the Orioles' trade front from someone who actually knows what he's talking about.

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