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I just finished typing up a large morning entry for you, and my laptop screen faded to black. I lost everything except the headline.

I don't have the energy or patience to duplicate it, so I'm just going to pass along a few items that are still fresh in my mind. I'm also going to display unusual restraint by not running into my front yard and screaming until my throat burns.

With my hair looking like this? No way.

I'm no longer using the "This, that and the other" headline. There's no more "other." It vanished into the darkness of my screen.

Pedro Strop, claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers in the Michael Gonzalez trade - trust me, it makes sense - hasn't allowed a run in three appearances with the Orioles covering 3 1/3 innings. He's permitted only one hit, walked none and struck out five.

Manager Buck Showalter likes Strop's arm, but that's not all.

"He's got a great face," Showalter said. "Scouts talk about it and you know exactly what they're talking about."

Strop was credited with the win Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

"He came in my office and we were all trying to figure out if this was his first win," Showalter said. "We had to take out the Rangers media guide. He said, 'I think so. I'm not sure.' So we looked it up. 'Yeah, that's your first one.' 'OK.' Then he came back in with a ball. It was beautiful.

"I was talking to Tommy (Hunter) and Zach (Phillips) about him before he came over. They were really enthused about him as a teammate and as a person. Stuff-wise, he's been impressive so far. He's throwing it over. I watched him come out of the bullpen (Wednesday). It's not just run in and take the ball and pitch. He's got some of the other stuff that some good ones have, as far as some of the idiosyncrasies and a little drama here and there.

"What comes first? It's like the chicken or the egg. What comes first, the swagger or the success? You don't see many people swaggering around when they can't get anybody out. He's been getting some good hitters out and good parts of the lineup. So far, so good. I've been talking to some people I know with Texas. Obviously, they're loaded with pitching over there."

I've been assuming that Showalter will consider Strop for a middle and late-inning relief role next spring, a power arm that can throw one or two innings, but that hasn't been determined.

"You can find some people who evaluate him as a starter. Depends on who you talk to. We'll see," Showalter said. "Right now, I don't think anybody knows exactly how it's going to fit. You look at a lot of things when the season's over. You look at options, you look at a lot of different things. You look at the whole body of what you have to consider. But right now, he's going to get the ball out of the bullpen, and we'll see where it takes us."

The Blue Jays changed Sunday's starter. Dustin McGowan will face the Orioles instead of left-hander Luis Perez.

The Orioles will start Jeremy Guthrie, Rick VandenHurk and Tommy Hunter. The Blue Jays will counter with left-hander Brett Cecil, Henderson Alvarez and McGowan.

The Orioles might want to stop by the home clubhouse at Rogers Centre and say hello to Adam Loewen. He's made one appearance with the Blue Jays since coming up from Triple-A, starting in right field and going 1-for-3 with a run scored.

You wouldn't have much trouble finding people in the warehouse who are still bitter over Loewen's departure. That handshake agreement lasted until the Blue Jays reached out to him.

It's probably better for the reunion to take place in Canada than Camden Yards.

The Orioles haven't named their minor league Player and Pitcher of the Year, but it will be a huge surprise if it isn't Jonathan Schoop and Bobby Bundy.

Second baseman Greg Miclat, who was 50-for-53 in stolen bases at Double-A Bowie, might have joined the Orioles' expanded roster if not for a thumb injury that ended his season.

Watching the parade of relievers yesterday and all the players stacked up on benches throughout baseball reinforces the opinion that adjustments need to be made regarding September rosters. The games and strategies change too much.

As Showalter says, teams should have to settle on 25 players for every game - sort of like a daily draft. For instance, the Orioles might activate Matt Angle one night, then replace him with Kyle Hudson the next night. Clay Rapada is the situational lefty one night, Phillips the next.

Speaking of Rapada, he needed only three pitches to get the win yesterday, and teammates teased him about the light workload.

"If we're going to play one extra-inning game at home, you might as well win it. It's a nice sweep," he said.

"It shows a lot of heart. It shows a lot of character. We're men just like they are. We want to compete and win. That's what it comes down to."

Kevin Gregg's four strikeouts yesterday were the most he's totaled since he fanned five Atlanta Braves on Aug. 28, 2007.

OK, that's all I've got ... except for a shameless plug alert. I'll be appearing on"The Mid-Atlantic Sports Report" from 5:30-6:30 p.m. tonight on MASN.

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