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March 26, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

The morning crew from 98 Rock has arrived at Orioles' camp, so be sure to listen this week. My guess is I'll be on the air at some point, proving once again that I have the perfect face for radio.

(This is where I'm counting on a female reader to chime in with something like, "Oh no, Roch, I met you recently and you're much better looking in person than your photo." Or something like that. Be creative.) ...

A few readers have asked about Esix Snead. He once stole 109 bases in a single minor league season, but he has no chance of making the Orioles.

He has lasted this long for the same reason as Napoleon Calzado, Howie Clark, Desi Relaford and some others - you can't run short of bodies, even this late in camp. Snead's game is based entirely on his speed. If he could figure out a way to steal first base, he'd have it made.

Another reader asked if B.J. Surhoff retired. I haven't heard anything about Surhoff submitting his papers. He will, however, take part in Cal and Bill Ripken's "Minor League Experience Fantasy Camp" May 10-14 at Ripken Stadium and Sandcastle Stadium in Atlantic City, N.J. Ben McDonald, Mike Bordick and Jeff Reboulet also will be there.

I haven't heard anything about the Seattle Mariners contacting the Orioles about one of their center fielders after Jeremy Reed broke his wrist. The Mariners just traded for Joe Borchard, and they also have a few other in-house candidates. And Ichiro Suzuki can slide over from right field, though he has only played three games there with the Mariners - none since 2002.

Someone else asked about manager Sam Perlozzo's philosophy when it comes to arguing with umpires. I'm not sure he has a "philosophy," but I know he'll show more emotion than former manager Lee Mazzilli, who rarely left the dugout.

Different methods for different people. I'm not saying one way is better than the other, but players notice if a manager doesn't argue on their behalf.

If Friday's game had been played in the regular season, Perlozzo probably would have gotten tossed while arguing a call on Snead in the ninth inning.

Snead appeared to be safe, but plate umpire Angel Hernandez called him out, and the game remained scoreless until Luis Matos followed with a two-run homer. Perlozzo might still be on the field if this was June.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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