"People should remember him as a good guy, a great hitter, 3,000 hits, 500 home runs. Not many people can reach that. In this situation I have a chance to enjoy somebody else, which makes it great."Meanwhile, Sosa collected the first three-hit game since June 12 on Friday and appears to be warming to the No. 2 spot. He is slowly breaking out of his slump. "I am not the only one to play this game, everybody who plays this game has to go through this situation, a tough moment," he said. "To me, I am a fighter, I am going to get out of it and I am going to go out there and keep fighting. My manager has been so great to me and he wanted me to go out there and feel comfortable. Mora and Tejada hitting behind me, it's different. Pretty much he wants me to see more pitches and I needed it. I feel great right now." Deadline approaching : With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaching, executive vice president Jim Beattie has been working the phones as the market develops. But he said no trade is imminent, despite rumors that Florida's A.J. Burnett could be here by next week. With the Yankees bringing in veteran Al Leiter and the Red Sox searching to bolster their rotation, Beattie said he does not feel pressed to make a move. "If there's a player out there that's going to make us better, we're looking at him," Beattie said. "But if a player is not going to make us better and he goes to any other club, that's not concerning. "There's competition out there from everybody. I feel very good with the players that we have, [that] we're able to do some things, if we decide to do them, we could step up and do them. We have good young players that everybody wants. So the organization has built itself up. [Other teams] can't say, 'There's no one really that we're interested in.' We're not getting that whatsoever." Coming up: The Orioles take on the Mariners in the final game of a four-game series at Safeco Field. Right-hander Sidney Ponson (7-7, 5.93 ERA) takes on right-hander Gil Meche (9-6, 4.85 ERA) on Sunday. Ponson is 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA lifetime at Safeco Field. Farm report: Dave Borkowski pitched six scoreless innings and Alejandro Freire hit two home runs as Triple-A Ottawa cruised to a 10-2 win over Pawtucket. David Newhan went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs to raise his average to .615.
Gary Washburn is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.