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March 31, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Just after I pointed out that Jason Dubois could be useful to the Orioles off the bench, he pulled up while trying to beat a throw to first base and had to be helped off the field with a strained right hamstring.

I didn't expect Dubois to make the club because he doesn't play center field. But he's swung the bat well this spring, so you could make a strong argument for keeping him on the roster. But not when he's clutching the back of his leg and grimacing in pain. ...

Did I really hear that Orioles starter Jaret Wright threw 96 pitches in 4 1/3 innings? Or did I misunderstand what was said on the Mid-At lantic Sports Network telecast? Most pitchers have a cool-down start before the regular sea son begins. Wright's out ing didn't qualify, unless you're only counting the innings.

Wright walked 17 bat ters in 18 1/3 innings. His arm definitely is stretched out. Manager Sam Perlozzo's patience will be stretched thin if Wright doesn't start be coming more economi cal with his pitches.

I'm starting to wonder if eight relievers will be enough. The Orioles might want to go with a two-man bench.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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