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Save opportunities won't all go to struggling Simon; Bell sits to get work in with Crow

Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't call them save opportunities. He refers to them as "W" opportunities.

Either way, they will likely be spread around more going forward rather than Alfredo Simon getting them all.

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"I'm sure Simon will get some more opportunities along the way, but I feel like we have some other people capable of doing it other than him," Showalter said. "We'll see what each night dictates."

Simon, who gave up the Orioles' one-run, ninth-inning league last night by serving up a solo homer to Paul Konerko, has blown three of his last 10 save opportunities. He's also allwed runs in six of his last 10 outings, and surrendered four home runs in his last 7 1/3 innings pitched.

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"Some guys down there have shown that they are capable of getting big outs for us," Showalter said. "We'll see what the situation dictates. We'll get a better grip today where Simon is physically and everything, but we've got some options."

Michael Gonzalez would be the most likely candidate to take over, but Koji Uehara could get some chances as well. Showalter said Uehara's health is "evolving," which could mean that he could pitch more regularly.

Struggling third baseman Josh Bell is out of the lineup tonight, but Showalter said that the rookie will probably play the next two nights. Bell will spent time before tomorrow's game getting some extra swings with hitting coach Terry Crowley.


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