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Orioles follow commandment: Thou shalt not steal

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Roster Report · Notes, Quotes · Orioles follow commandment: Thou shalt not steal

The Orioles have speed.

Brian Roberts. Felix Pie. Adam Jones. Nick Markakis. Even Cesar Izturis and Robert Andino.

So why does Baltimore have just four stolen bases?

Manager Buck Showalter said the club discussed the issue prior to the Red Sox series and urged some players to get aggressive on the bases.

The Orioles didn't attempt a steal Wednesday in their 5-4 win over Boston, and they still have the lowest stolen base total in baseball.

Roberts' nagging injuries certainly have played a role, as have the Orioles' overall offensive woes.

The club aimed to improve the offense this winter, and it did so with the additions of powerful hitters like Derrek Lee, Vladimir Guerrero and Mark Reynolds.

However, they weren't added to the roster for their speed. This club isn't built for running, but it does have enough speed to improve on its measly stolen-base figures.

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