The Orioles will have to make a roster move tomorrow to accommodate Luke Scott, and you would think the prudent thing to do would be to option reliever Frank Mata, who wouldn't be available for Monday's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays anyway after he pitched three innings today. Third baseman Josh Bell is the other option, and if he's not getting regular at-bats up here, he should be getting them at Triple-A. However, if they send him down tomorrow and Corey Patterson is still unavailable because of his bruised left heel, the Orioles will again have only a three-man bench tomorrow night. It seems like a no-brainer to option Mata tomorrow and then option Bell back to Triple-A on Wednesday or Thursday when Michael Gonzalez is activated.

I never, ever thought I'd say this but Luke Scott, right now, maybe the Orioles' best defensive option in left field. Again, I never thought I would say that. But with the way Felix Pie played in left this weekend and the way Patterson navigated the position before him, not to mention Nolan Reimold's trials out there earlier in the year, I'm not sure Scott could do any worse. Look, I like Pie and he needs to play. I understand that he's a natural center fielder and he is rusty reading balls off the bat after missing so much time. But there were at least four or five catchable balls from the Jays that he took bad routes to or just got a bad jump altogether. Most scouts will tell you that Scott is a below-average defensive left fielder. He doesn't have the arm that Pie has or the speed that Pie and Patterson have. Scott also looks uncomfortable at times tracking balls, but in most cases, he gets to the balls that he should catch. That hasn't always been the case this year with the Orioles' other left fielders.

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This stat was brought to my attention by the Carroll County Times' Rich Dubroff, and if nothing else, it is kind of interesting: In Dave Trembley's 54 games this season as Orioles manager, the team allowed 10 runs just once -- on May 20, when they were beaten, 13-7, by the Texas Rangers. In 37 games since with Juan Samuel at the helm, the Orioles have allowed 10 runs or more seven times. Not sure whether there is any conclusion to be drawn other than the fact that the pitching has regressed as the season has gone on, but you probably knew that already.

By now, you probably know that the Orioles are 0-9 this season against the Blue Jays and have been outscored 48-16 in the process. But this you might not know: The Orioles have held a lead after a full inning only 12 times in those nine games spanning 79 1/2 innings. And seven of those times came in the 5-2 loss April 11. That's pretty appalling.

In case you missed it, San Diego Padres All-Star closer Heath Bell in a San Diego Union-Tribune story included Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada on his personal wish list of guys he would like his team to acquire for the stretch run. The only team I know of that expressed interest in Tejada was the Philadelphia Phillies, and they've since told the Orioles that they are moving on. However, a couple of sources said there are a few teams in on Tejada and the Orioles' asking price for the third baseman is lower than it is for infielder Ty Wigginton. Perhaps the Padres are one of them. For what it's worth, Tejada has said repeatedly that he would like to stay in Baltimore and not just for the rest of this season.

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