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Baltimore Orioles: 3 Holes Orioles Must Address at the Deadline
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The MLB trade deadline is quickly approaching, and teams across the league will need to evaluate whether they are legitimate buyers or sellers.

Luckily for the Baltimore Orioles (52-42), there's no questioning where they stand in relation to competing for a championship, as they lead the AL East by four games at the All-Star break.

It's not time to get all cozy and comfortable just yet, though.

Although the Orioles lead the historically competitive AL East division, they have been underachieving in several areas and have been the beneficiaries of injuries and poor performances among their rivals.

Case in point: The New York Yankees might have just lost their ace in Masahiro Tanaka for the rest of the season due to a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow, the Boston Red Sox rank dead last in runs scored in the AL and do not have an impact bat aside from designated hitter David Ortiz and the Tampa Bay Rays likewise rank low in runs scored in the AL and have a rotation that has been in flux health-wise all year.

The Toronto Blue Jays are the Orioles' main threat to capturing a division crown. They have been getting solid production throughout their lineup and have avoided the injury bug for the most part until recently, when they had to place slugger Edwin Encarnacion and first baseman Adam Lind on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps strain and a right foot fracture, respectively.

As previously mentioned, though, the Orioles are not without their own issues and need to patch up a few holes in their game if they hope to make the playoffs and make a deep push in those playoffs.

Here are some areas on the Orioles club that we could see have a major upgrade before the month closes out. While there may be other departments featuring players who are struggling, for example Chris Davis and his sub-.200 batting average, the Orioles won't be benching a star player such as him and will instead let things play out and hope for the best.

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