Chemistry class

I've fielded so many questions about clubhouse chemistry and how it compares to recent springs, I contemplated putting together another "Because You Asked."

Instead, I asked manager Dave Trembley for his opinion on the subject.

"I think one of the key things we've always done here is try to make people feel comfortable," he said. "I think we have winning-type people and I think we have winning-type players. People know their place, they know their expectations and they know how to go about attaining them.

"We have a very good blend of young players, younger veterans and veteran players. And I think the environment here adds to that. The environment is a lot more conducive to working and enjoying the game and appreciating the opportunity that you have."

It's been noticed that players are sticking around the complex longer than past years, when they rushed out of Fort Lauderdale Stadium once their work was done. A bigger clubhouse and weight room, plus the quality food that's being catered, are three solid reasons. And you've got a group of young guys who came up through the minors around the same time and already have bonded.

Every team in baseball is 0-0, so optimism usually runs high this time of the year, but the Orioles seem a little more energized than past springs. And every player you ask will point out that they're better on paper.

We'll find out later if it carries over to the field - and the AL East.

We're back to our normal workout schedule today. The clubhouse will open to the media at 8 a.m., and players should be stretching outside by 9:15 a.m. All the physicals are done.

Chris Tillman is supposed to throw off a mound for the first time since his back flared up.

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