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Mora Wants To Remain In Baltimore

Orioles third baseman Melvin Mora is in the final season of a guaranteed contract and isn't sure what will happen over the next few days.

Mora, who has a no-trade clause, says that he hasn't been asked by the team to considering waiving the clause, which he hopes is an indication that he isn't going anywhere.

"In this business nobody knows," Mora said. "In this business, it's crazy."

Mora added that he would look at any potential trades on a case-by-case basis, but that he wants to remain in Baltimore for as long as possible.

He hopes to move into second place on the team's all-time list of games played by a third baseman. He's currently third with 758, but stands just 24 behind Doug DeCinces. Brooks Robinson is first with 2,870 games played.

"I want to be an Oriole forever, especially when you look at the numbers, and I'm behind Brooks Robinson playing third base," Mora said. "You kind of look at that as neat."

Via Baltimore Sun

Mitre Replaces Wang In Yanks' Rotation

Sergio Mitre will be the Yankees' fifth starter while Chien-Ming Wang is on the disabled list.

New York manager Joe Girardi said on Friday night that the team plans to call Mitre up and start the right-hander against Baltimore on Tuesday night.

Mitre is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts for Class A Tampa, and 3-1 with a 2.40 ERA in seven starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.

"He's a sinker, curveball, changeup guy," Girardi said. "His sinker's probably 88-91 [mph]. He's going to throw a lot of strikes; he's going to get a lot of groundballs when he's throwing the ball well. I've always thought he's had kind of a bulldog attitude."


Dodgers Looking At Frasor, Sherrill

The Dodgers are looking at Jays reliever Jason Frasor, major-league sources say, and Orioles closer George Sherrill is another reliever on their wish list.

General manager Ned Colletti has identified setup relief as a principal area of need, and Frasor and Sherrill are two of the better options available.

Via FoxSports

Orioles Looking To Deal Pie, Salazar

The Orioles are exploring trades involving infielder Oscar Salazar and outfielder Felix Pie.

Both players have garnered interest from other teams, and Baltimore needs to open up a roster spot as shortstop Cesar Izturis comes off the disabled list.

Baltimore is looking to deal the players because they doubt the pair would get through waivers.

"I think the market would indicate that they have greater value than just a waiver claim," Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. "I think it's one of those things that there's good news and bad news. The bad news is you have to make a roster decision and you have a limited amount of flexibility. The good news is that your extra players are getting to the point where they're attractive to a lot of teams.

"That is a sign of progress, that as opposed to guys that are just kind of, in baseball parlance, 'Four-A' guys, these are guys that other clubs have some interest in. So we'll see what evolves."

Via Baltimore Sun

Palmeiro Again Denies Knowingly Using PEDs

Rafael Palmeiro was inducted into the College Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday.

Palmeiro used the platform to again deny having knowingly used steroids.

"I made a mistake," Palmeiro told ESPN's Pedro Gomez. "I didn't really understand what I was taking and I paid for it. I paid for it very dearly. Life goes on."

He claims he thought the drugs he was taking were vitamins.

"I've heard a lot of things out there that are wrong," he said. "People saying I took drugs all my life, I've never touched anything. I worked my butt off my whole career, as a kid, in college, the big leagues, I didn't need anything, I didn't have to cheat at the end of my career, for what? What was I going to gain from it? Whatever I took was tainted, had to have been. There's no other reason unless I got set up.

"What I took was a B-12 [vitamin] that was given to me by a teammate. That's it. That was it."


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