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Good fortune

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Orioles manager Johnny Oates didn't have the exact figures, but he hadd the right idea when he said last week that the Orioles have been one of baseball's luckest teams this year when it comes to injuries.

They have used the disabled list just six times this season--much less than in any their five previous seasons and less than either of the two top teams in the American League this year.

The Athletics, who have taken a substantial lead in the AL West, have used the disabled list 19 times this year. The Toronto Blue Jays have used it nine times.

Perhaps the key is how you use it. The Orioles used it to bring Alan Mills and Arthur Rhodes to the major leagues this year. The A's certainly cannot complain about the terrific job Mike Bordick did in place of injured shortstop Walt Weiss during the first half of the season. But the Blue Jays have struggled to keep their starting rotation intact after the injury that forced right-hander Juan Guzman onto the disabled list.

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