Early observations (with Luke Scott quotes)

Cesar Izturis, Ty Wigginton and Michael Aubrey have rolled into camp.

Luke Scott shaved his beard. He said the clippers jammed up a few times and his face felt "cold."

Scott hasn't been told where he'll play this spring, so he's prepared to shag flys and take ground balls at first.

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As the Orioles made their roster moves over the winter, Scott had to wonder how he'd be impacted.

"Personally, everyone wants to have a really good idea of where they're going to fit it, what they're going to do," he said. "Sometimes things don't work out that way, but that's also the part of being a professional. Part of being a professional is doing the best with what they ask you to do. If they ask me to go play shortstop - and they won't do that - I should probably do the best I can. That's part of being a professional."

On paper, Scott thinks the Orioles are an improved team over last season.

"Offensively, we're going to swing it a little better," he said. "We could swing it last year, but we've added some other guys who can really hit. I think we're more dangerous offensively. I think we've got better pitching than last year. We've got some good leadership, some good experience on the mound. Kevin Millwood and (Mike) Gonzalez, they're two pretty good arms right there. They have a good idea of what they're doing. And the young guys got a half-season under their belt. They got a taste of the big leagues. I guess the shell shock for them is probably over. I think we're definitely a better team. At the end of spring training, we'll have a better idea of how things will shape up."

Nolan Reimold said his Achilles was a little sore after yesterday's workout, but it feels good this morning.

Chris Tillman only spent about five seconds at his locker. He headed to the trainers room to receive treatment on his back, but he looked comfortable as he moved around the clubhouse.

Going back to Izturis, he doesn't expect his preparation to change simply because Miguel Tejada is playing third base.

"Not at all," he said. "Everybody knows he can play. It's a new position, but I don't think that's going to be a problem. If I can help out, I will, but he knows how to play the game."

We still haven't seen Tejada in camp.

If you're planning to attend tomorrow's workout, players won't take the field to stretch until noon because they have physicals and meetings in the morning.

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