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O's 1st basemen show less pop than some pitchers

How bad has the production from Orioles first basemen been?

Entering the series opener against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night, Orioles first baseman were hitting a cumulative .215 with a .287 on-base percentage and a .263 slugging percentage.

Not only are the Orioles the only team in the league without a homer from a first baseman, but the Arizona Diamondbacks (.271), Milwaukee Brewers (.270) and Cincinnati Reds (.263) also all have higher cumulative slugging percentages from their pitching staffs than the Orioles are getting from first base.

Meanwhile, Aubrey Huff, the Orioles' first baseman for most of last season, entered Monday night hitting .303 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs for the Giants. Since May 1, Huff is batting .336 (35-for-144) with eight homers, 23 RBIs and 21 walks in 38 games.

No managerial developments

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said Monday night that he doesn't have any interviews scheduled for the team's managerial vacancy, but he acknowledged that could change when the team returns home next week.

"I would be shocked if anything happened at the earliest by the All-Star break," MacPhail said. "We still have guys to talk to. There are still a lot of variables at this point."

MacPhail has already interviewed Eric Wedge and Bobby Valentine, and it's expected that Buck Showalter, a former manager with the Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, will be interviewed, perhaps as early as next week.

Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Larry Bowa has been mentioned as a candidate, but the Los Angeles Times reported Monday that the Dodgers probably wouldn't allow the Orioles to interview him during the season.

Around the horn

As expected, the Orioles reinstated reliever Alfredo Simon (left hamstring strain) from the disabled list before Monday night's series opener. Orioles interim manager Juan Samuel said he was hoping to get Simon an inning in a nonsave situation before thrusting him back in the closer's role … Garrett Atkins started at first base Monday, just his fourth start in the Orioles' past 14 games … Single-A Delmarva released left-handed pitcher Tony Butler, one of five players the Orioles got from the Seattle Mariners in the deal for Erik Bedard.

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