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April 30, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

Raul Chavez was batting leadoff. Luis Terrero was hitting third. Injuries caused so many players to move out of their normal positions, yesterday looked like an exhibition game. So much, in fact, that Warren Miller of Seattle's public relations staff walked over to some Orioles personnel in the seventh inning and asked, "Is the clubhouse open yet?"

I was waiting for players to start boarding the team bus for Fort Lauderdale.

Doesn't it figure that, once Corey Patterson laid down his sacrifice bunt in the ninth, the game eventually would reach Chavez with two outs? I agreed with manager Sam Perlozzo's strategy. He has to give Jeff Conine and Nick Markakis a chance to deliver with two runners in scoring position.

Team officials were meeting with Perlozzo after the game to discuss possible roster moves for today. It's not out of the question that the Orioles go with an 11-man pitching staff. They need another position player, an infielder who could spell Miguel Tejada at shortstop or Brian Roberts at second base.

Tejada didn't want to be the designated hitter yesterday, an idea that Perlozzo floated past him. But he might not have a choice today.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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