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A Triple Switch in Lieu of DH

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By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 21, 2008

MILWAUKEE, June 20 -- Without the use of the designated hitter for the next nine games, Baltimore Orioles Manager Dave Trembley said he will go to a rotation in the infield between regular DH Aubrey Huff, third baseman Melvin Mora and first baseman Kevin Millar.

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"I think all you do is you communicate," Trembley said. "That's what we've done. We laid the groundwork earlier this week, and talked to them about possibilities. It's a team game and I've been fortunate that all these guys have understood that."

Millar was the first not to start because of the missing DH spot in the lineup, with Huff moving in to play first base. Huff can also play third base, in which case he would bump Mora.

"I'll probably play the next two, then sit against the lefty on Sunday," Huff said. "I think he told Kevin something like that. I'll rotate around, play some third, giving Melvin a day off. Kevin gets a day off and I'll play first. It's a nice little [rotation]. I think he's going to try to get us two out of three games, which is fair."

The rotation beats the alternative.

"Some teams lose the DH and you lose the whole series," Millar said. "I remember Edgar Martínez and those guys. But we're lucky because we don't have [strictly] a DH."

Báez Update

Reliever Danys Báez, who is recovering from elbow ligament replacement surgery, might not be ready to pitch until next May, despite his efforts to get healthy in time to pitch this season.

"I don't expect him back this year," Trembley said of Báez, who has yet to throw from a mound. "I think he'll be on a throwing program the entire year. I wouldn't expect that he would be available until sometime next year."

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