Roch Around The Clock

October 11, 2006|By Roch Kubatko | Roch Kubatko,sun reporter

The Orioles have interest in Japanese pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, 26, who received permission from the Seibu Lions to seek a major league job, but they don't expect to be serious players. The highest bidder can sign Matsuzaka, who went 17-5 with a 2.13 ERA and 200 strikeouts for the Lions.

The Orioles haven't announced any changes to their coaching staff, but a source says bench coach Lee Elia won't return next season. Elia told The Sun's Jeff Zrebiec last month that he was considering retirement. It's possible third base coach Tom Trebelhorn will return to the dugout. Manager Sam Perlozzo needs an infield coach, and Dave Cash was reassigned during the season.

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