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Orioles hope Reimold's surge has staying power

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Nolan Reimold's resurgence could be a major boon for the Orioles' offense.

Thursday offensive explosion, in which Reimold hit two home runs and drove in four runs in a 4-for-4 performance, won't be enough to anoint Reimold as the savior.

But the break-out game against Kansas City is big for Reimold's psyche after a year-and-a-half of non-stop disappointment.

Reimold burst onto the scene in 2009, making a run at American League Rookie of the Year as the Orioles' slugging left fielder before he finished the season on the disabled list.

After undergoing surgery on his Achilles tendon at season's end, he was hobbled for much of 2010 as he tried to come back.

Reimold had a better spring training than fellow outfielder Felix Pie, but was optioned to Class-AAA Norfolk because Pie was out of options, and Reimold was able to be sent down.

Not only are the Orioles in need of a power bat to solidify the middle-third of the lineup, they're also in desperate need of a right-handed bat.

Mark Reynolds, Derrek Lee and Vladimir Guerrero were supposed to provide that after the Orioles acquired the powerful trio this winter. Each has been a disappointment to a degree, and the Orioles' top right-handed hitters have been Adam Jones and switch-hitting catcher Matt Wieters.

Reimold's return would press Pie into fewer at bats, and force some intriguing roster decisions when Lee returns from a strained oblique muscle.

Problems like those, however, are welcome in Baltimore.

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