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Andino holds up his end at the bottom of order

The Sports Xchange

--2B Robert Andino was the answer, but the Orioles expected to be a weaker club without 2B Brian Roberts atop the order. But at the bottom of the lineup, where Andino has found a home, the former Marlins prospect is batting .342 heading into the three-game set at Boston. He missed two games last week for the birth of his daughter, but he's been swinging the bat well in the last two weeks, batting .388 (14-for-36) in his last 11 games.

--RHP Jake Arrieta almost got a chance to pitch a complete game shutout Wednesday, but manager Buck Showalter thought better of it. Showalter told reporters Wednesday night that he did ponder the idea of letting him return in the ninth. "Sure, but this is a guy coming off surgery," Showalter said.

--3B Mark Reynolds hasn't hit a home run this season and his defense at third has been equally disappointing. But Reynolds remains an offensive contributor, leading the Orioles with 11 walks, although he also leads the team with 31 strikeouts. He's 9-for-66 with four doubles.

--RHP Darren O'Day continues to see regular work out of the Orioles' bullpen, and was one of only two relievers to have appeared in three games in the last seven games. LHP Luis Ayala also made three appearances. The submarine reliever has allowed only one hit, a triple, to left-handers and is holding left-handed batters to an .067 average in 15 at-bats.

--LF Endy Chavez has the only outfield assist for the Orioles other than those from Gold Glove RF Nick Markakis. Chavez has been great as a fourth outfielder from a defensive perspective. Strong-armed CF Adam Jones has yet to throw out a baserunner in 2011.

1.33 -- ERA for the Orioles' rotation in 20 1/3 innings against the Yankees in New York.

"When he makes them throw the ball in the strike zone, he's pretty lethal." -- Manager Buck Showalter, on C Matt Wieters.

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