Pondering the offense

Here's a question that could well produce a variety of opinions.

Is the Orioles offense better now than it was last season?

The only bat added was that of Garrett Atkins. The O's have not been able to add a proven year-to-year, big-time run producer.

The O's know Atkins hit just .226 last season. But they also know that from 2006 through 2008 he averaged .305 with 25 homers and 110 RBI to go along with 38 doubles per season.

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