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O's Notebook: Time running out to make a deal

BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Orioles have one more day to possibly add a top player to their team as they compete for a playoff spot over the final two months of the season.
Today at 4 p.m. is the non-waiver trade deadline and the Orioles have been linked to several players over the past few days. There have been rumors reported of Baltimore looking for another starter, such as Astros starter Bud Norris, White Sox starter Jake Peavy, or Angels starter Jason Vargas.
There have also been reports of the Orioles possibly adding a designated hitter, perhaps Minnesota's Justin Morneau.
But Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said he and the team are not focused on any moves, just the games ahead.
"It's really not a topic of conversation in the clubhouse because I think guys know, one, there's not a whole lot they can do about it," Showalter said. "You've got to be careful of spending too much time in someone else's backyard and not in your own. That's where I'm trying to keep my focus."
The Orioles have already made a pair of moves in the past few weeks, acquiring starter Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs and reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers. In years past, that would have been a lot for Baltimore to do.
But now the Orioles are contenders, and they're trying to build the best team they can for a playoff push.
If Baltimore does acquire one more piece for their team, Showalter said he's not concerned that it will disrupt the clubhouse chemistry.
"They've got a pretty strong feeling about what works and what doesn't and I don't think they're going to let anything get in the way of that," Showalter said.
WELCOME BACK: Former Orioles manager Dave Trembley returned to Baltimore Tuesday, as he is the third base coach for the Houston Astros.
Trembley was 187-283 in parts of four seasons for the Orioles, but only managed two full seasons, as he was fired during the 2010 season.
BACK IN THE LINEUP: For the first time since July 5, Ryan Flaherty was in Baltimore's starting lineup Tuesday. Flaherty had had only three at-bats since then and none after the All-Star break until Tuesday.
Flaherty made his first start of the season at first base, although he did play four innings there earlier in the season. Chris Davis was the designated hitter because Showalter said he wanted to give some guys some days off in the field.
Flaherty entered Tuesday hitting .217 with six homers and 17 RBIs.
ODDS AND ENDS: Tuesday's game was the first game between the Orioles and Astros in Baltimore since 2008.
Manny Machado still leads the majors with 39 doubles despite not doubling since July 6. Machado has gone 18 games without a double, the longest streak of his short career.
Machado and J.J. Hardy have started 147 consecutive games on the left side of the infield at Baltimore, which is the longest streak in the majors in 60 years, according to STATS.

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