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Orioles' Tejada wants to stay in Baltimore

Miguel Tejada first started dealing with the trade rumors while he was Oriole during the 2005 season and they never stopped until the former shortstop was dealt to the Houston Astros in December 2007.

Not all that long into his tenure with the Astros, he was hearing that he could be on the move again although that's where he stayed until he signed with the Orioles for a second stint in January. With the Orioles carrying the league-worst record, Tejada signed to just a one-year deal and the organization's projected future third baseman Josh Bell already on the Major League roster, there is again speculation that Tejada could be traded before the July 31 deadline.

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"I've already gotten use to that [trade talk]," said Tejada who entered tonight hitting .283 with six homers and 32 RBs. "The last two years in Houston was always the same thing. There were always rumors that I was about to get traded. But one thing I've always done is I don't pay attention to what can happen. I just take it one day at a time I love this game and I don't let anything distract me or take me out of my game."

The Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams looking for help at third base though the Phillies' need is more immediate with injuries to both third baseman Placido Polanco and second baseman Chase Utley. Both Tejada and teammate Ty Wigginton have been mentioned repeatedly as fits for Philadelphia.

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However, Tejada said that if he got his way, he'd stay in Baltimore, not just for the rest of the season, but for the next couple of years.

"I'd like to stay here," Tejada said. "I love being around this group of young guys. It's the best group of young guys that I've been around. They listen a lot and they love playing – [Adam] Jones, [Nick] Markakis, [Matt] Wieters. You can really see it, and I love that. Even though we're not winning, they're always upbeat. If they want me to be here, I'm staying here. I definitely like it. I live in Florida, but I've always said, Baltimore is like my home. I signed my big contract here and the fans really have treated me this time like they did last time. I love playing at Camden Yards. But there's nothing I can do. It's out of my hands."

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