O's running game


September 19, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Brian Roberts and Corey Patterson continue to rank among the American League leaders in stolen bases, but O.J. Simpson says most of them belong to him, and he wants them back.

Jamie Walker now holds the Orioles' single-season record for appearances with 77. Here's hoping that next year, he can return to his intended role - left-handed relief specialist. Right-handed hitters are batting .283 against him, compared with .223 for left-handers.

The bullpen doesn't need a complete overhaul, but the Orioles must find a closer and an eighth-inning guy. Jim Hoey could develop into the latter, but not yet.


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