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With O's surging, Trembley to remain manager for rest of season

BALTIMORE -- Dave Trembley can remove the interim tag from
his title. From now until at least the end of the 2007 season, he's
simply the manager of the Baltimore Orioles.

The former bullpen coach, who took over for fired manager Sam
Perlozzo on June 18, has earned the right to finish the season,
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said
Tuesday.

"It's a heck of an opportunity," Trembley said after a 5-3
victory over Boston gave Baltimore its seventh victory in eight
games. "The players have really bought into what we're trying to
do here. I have a lot of respect for the game and I have a lot of
respect for the people that are giving us this opportunity."

Baltimore was 29-40 and had lost eight in row when Perlozzo was
dismissed. After Tuesday night's win, the Orioles were 21-15 under
Trembley, including a six-game winning streak that ended Sunday.

Almost immediately after Trembley was made the interim manager,
MacPhail began negotiating with former Florida Marlins manager Joe
Girardi to take the job. Girardi ultimately declined a three-year
contract, and MacPhail said he would not address the managerial
situation again until the conclusion of the non-waiver trade
deadline.

The deadline passed Tuesday afternoon without Baltimore making a
deal, in part because MacPhail didn't want to break up a team that
had surged under the direction of Trembley.

"I think it's pretty self-evident that we won't be making any
managerial changes in-season," MacPhail said. "Certainly, Dave
has really done a very nice job with the team."

MacPhail said the decision to keep Trembley in charge was
"partially based on the respect the players have given him. I
wanted somebody that would have our team prepared, give a strong
effort and have a high energy level. I'm pleased with all those
things."

The 55-year-old Trembley spent the last four of his 20 years as
minor league manager in the Baltimore organization. He was hired to
be the bullpen coach this season, but before Perlozzo was fired,
Trembley served as bench coach on occasion while Tom Trebelhorn
returned to Arizona to tend to his ailing wife.

Whether Trembley maintains the job beyond the 2007 season will
be determined in part on how the Orioles fare in August and
September, MacPhail said.

Baltimore is seeking to end a franchise-record run of nine
straight losing seasons, and Trembley will certainly enhance his
chances of keeping the job if he can make that happen.

MacPhail, who was formally hired on June 20, worked hard to make
a trade Tuesday. But he said 90 percent of the teams that called
wanted someone from Baltimore's young pitching staff, most notably
Erik Bedard, whom he considered to be virtually untouchable.

"I would have had to have been extraordinarily overwhelmed [to
deal Bedard]," MacPhail said. "There is nothing more precious out
there than young starting pitching, and we're pretty fortunate in
that we have some."