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For O's, Quiet Return Home Against Redman, Athletics

Meantime, in Frederick, Md., veteran designated hitter David Segui played first base for the Class A Frederick Keys on a rehab assignment. If his surgically repaired left knee responds well, he could be activated by mid-week and called upon to help solve the team's season-long struggle against left-handed pitching.

The fact Segui was playing first base at Frederick was interesting, since he played there only once in the season's first three weeks before being injured, and has played there only 16 times the last three years.

Orioles batter Rafael Palmeiro check-swings himself to the ground following a pitch from Athletics closer Octavio Dotel in the ninth inning on Monday night. (Joe Giza - Reuters)

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It appears the Orioles may be preparing to launch a platoon at first base, with the switch-hitting Segui playing against left-handed pitchers, against whom Palmeiro is hitting only .186 (24 for 129) this season -- including an 0 for 3 against Redman.

Orioles Notes: Second baseman Brian Roberts was named AL player of the week for the week ending Sunday, after batting .531 with 10 runs scored and eight doubles. . . .

Left fielder Larry Bigbie was scratched from the lineup before the game after aggravating a strained groin injury during batting practice, and was replaced by B.J. Surhoff . . .

Catcher Ken Huckaby, who cleared waivers last week and was outrighted to Class AAA Ottawa, refused his minor league assignment and was granted free agency. . . .

In his first game against his former team, Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada went 0 for 3 with a walk . . .

The Orioles will hold their annual D.C. FanFest at their team store on Farragut Square (925 17th St. NW) on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mazzilli, Orioles players and coaches will sign autographs and participate in fan forums.

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