Teixeira Roots for Baltimore

By Adam Kilgore
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, July 7, 2007

ARLINGTON, Tex., July 6 -- First and foremost, Mark Teixeira tried to emphasize that he is focused on his current situation. "I'm a Texas Ranger," he said. But Teixeira, who grew up in Severna Park, also reiterated Friday what he's said before: He would strongly consider playing for the Orioles.

"Baltimore, in the future, it's a place I'd love to look at," Teixeira said. "I don't want to talk too much about it. I don't want anything to be a distraction to my team. In a year and a half, we can have a lot of fun conversations."

Teixeira is signed with Texas through 2008, but his expected high price tag has led to constant rumblings that the Rangers will try to trade him.

Teixeira shares an agent (Scott Boras) and an alma mater (Georgia Tech) with Orioles first-round draft pick Matt Wieters, whom Teixeira showered with praise. Teixeira also works out with Corey Patterson in the offseason and is friends with Brian Roberts.

"I root for those guys, and I root for the Orioles -- except when they're playing us," Teixeira said. "My dad, when he's not watching the Rangers games, he's watching the O's games."

Mora Still Out

Melvin Mora (bruised left foot) sat out for the fifth straight game. Interim manager Dave Trembley said he is waiting for Mora to tell him when he is ready. . . .

Because Brian Burres threw only 49 pitches in his start Thursday, he may come out of the bullpen Sunday, Trembley said. . . .

Danys Baez felt no discomfort after throwing an inning at Class AA Bowie in his first rehab assignment. He allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, then struck out two.

UP NEXT Today at Rangers8:35 p.m. Bedard (6-4) vs. McCarthy (4-5) MASN2 Tomorrow at Rangers3:05 p.m. Cabrera (6-9) vs. Millwood (5-7) MASN2

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