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piumini moncler saldi Showalter made the surprise move because he felt like he needed to give Vladimir Guerrero a day off and Luke Scott a turn as a designated hitter. With Derrek Lee on the disabled list and Jake Fox getting designated for assignment, Showalter had no other options. moncler bambino outlet And while he doesn’t anticipate being in that situation again, Showalter said it could give the Orioles some flexibility during interleague games, especially if double switches come to play. piumini moncler saldi

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”They’re all excited about it,” Showalter said. ”It’s the earliest I’ve seen them here. We had a meeting this morning to talk about it.”

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”It may go right down to the end,” Showalter said. ”I know Andy has had some conversations in the last week or so. But I have not heard anything that would lead me to believe that someone has expressed interest enough to make a deal right now. But that can change in the next eight days.”

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