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Updated: July 28th, 2013 10:32am
Orioles are believed to have an interest in struggling Justin Morneau

Orioles are believed to have an interest in struggling Justin Morneau

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Justin Morneau is hitting only .188 with four home runs and five RBI in July, even after he went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Minnesota Twins' 4-0 victory Saturday at Seattle.

But that doesn't mean the Twins won't be able to move the struggling first baseman before the non-waiver trading deadline at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The Baltimore Sun reported this weekend that one of the Orioles' top scouts has been in Seattle watching the Twins' series against the Mariners. The paper points out the scout is looking at Morneau and several Mariners players, including Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales.

Baltimore also has targeted Phillies third baseman Michael Young, according to ESPNBoston.com. Morneau or Young would be expected to end up as the Orioles' designated hitter.

The Orioles' interest in Twins players might not end with Morneau. Baltimore also is looking for bullpen help and could be interested in Brian Duensing or Jared Burton.

The issue, as the Sun story says, is that the Orioles might not want to take on a lot of salary and don't have many trade chips when it comes to prospects.

Morneau will be a free agent after this season. 

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