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Loewen takes charge of O's hypothetical hoops starting five

It remains to be seen how good the Orioles' pitching staff will be this year, but they sure have the makings of a heck of a Division I basketball team. Nine pitchers in camp are 6 feet 5 or taller, and four others are 6-4.

Asked whether he has seen so much size in one place before, Orioles starter Adam Loewen said: "I saw it in Jurassic Park. I don't know, maybe we're playing the wrong sport."

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With that in mind, Loewen, who is 6-6, was asked who would be in his starting lineup if he were coaching the Orioles' basketball team. He naturally chose himself to run the point and then immediately tabbed Kam Mickolio, the 6-9, 256-pound behemoth acquired from the Seattle Mariners in the Erik Bedard deal, as his center.

His power forward was 6-9, 270-pound Daniel Cabrera, who isn't known for his athleticism. "He's probably terrible," Loewen joked. "Judging by his fielding skills, I don't think he's very agile."

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Rounding out the projected lineup was Jim Hoey (6-6, 210 pounds) and George Sherrill. At 6-0, 230 pounds, Sherrill would be a "good box-out guy," Coach Loewen said.


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