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Orioles Notebook: Management pleased with team's progress

BALTIMORE - As they do every year, the Baltimore Orioles held their "State of the Orioles" address prior to Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
And the state of the Orioles has changed a good bit since Baltimore manager Buck Showalter and Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette sat atop the dugout a year ago.
The Orioles ended their losing drought, have become a playoff team, and now feature some of the top players in all of baseball.
"We're still in the hunt, where we want to be this time of year," Duquette said. "It's a good sign. We have players in the All-Star game and also on the horizon."
Under Showalter's helm, Baltimore has quickly became a home to star players. Chris Davis leads the league in home runs, Manny Machado is a top third baseman, and Adam Jones is a five-tool player.
While some fans asked about the possibility of the Orioles winning a World Series or about their favorite players, others asked more hard-hitting questions. When told that Baltimore needed another pitcher, Showalter was quick to defend his current group of players, as always.
"I don't spend a lot of time coveting other people's players. I like our guys," Showalter said. "I enjoy the way we do it. We know who we are. We know who we're not."
Duquette also said the team, like always, will constantly be checking out players as the trade deadline approaches, but the addition of starting pitcher Scott Feldman filled a need the club had and proved they are trying to win now.
"I think it's all about having good players and executing," Duquette said. "The addition of Scott Feldman to our team was a sign that we want to be in this thing. We went out, we made a move to add to our team. We gave up young players and we also spent additional payroll to add him to our team and help stabilize our pitching staff."
GREAT FIRST HALF: The Orioles became just the third team ever to have four players with at least 105 hits at the All-Star break since the All-Star game began in 1933, joining the 1954 Cardinals and the 1969 Reds.
Entering Saturday, Manny Machado had 127 hits, Adam Jones had 114, Nick Markakis had 107 and Chris Davis had 105.
Baltimore will also have 50 wins at the break for the first time since 1997, when they were 55-30.
Machado's 127 hits are also the most by a player under 22 years old before the All-Star break, passing Al Kaline's mark of 122.
MAKING HISTORY: Jim Johnson's save on Friday was the 104th of his career. His next save will tie him for second on the Orioles' all-time saves list with Tippy Martinez.
Jones entered Saturday with at least three official at-bats in each of his last 182 games, the longest active streak in the majors and the longest in Orioles history.
SERIES FINALE: Today, the Orioles wrap up their three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Scott Feldman (0-1, 7.15 ERA) will make his third start for Baltimore and will oppose Josh Johnson (1-4, 4.62).
It is the Orioles' last game before the All-Star break and their last home game until July 26 against the Boston Red Sox.

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