First sign of spring

It wasn't much of a challenge to find Ed Smith Stadium today. Just hang a left at the huge sign, complete with the cartoon Oriole bird, which welcomes you to the team's new spring training home.

I'm seeing a lot of orange and black around here. That Cincinnati red has been covered up nicely.

Jim Johnson just threw off flat ground, with Chad Moeller providing the target.

"I'm back home," said Moeller, who trained here with the Reds in 2007.

Koji Uehara is jogging in the outfield. And a few members of the Japanese media are tracking his every move.

In case you're interested, Nick Markakis received the highest defensive rating from Strat-O-Matic on a 1-to-5 scale (with 1 being the highest). Act accordingly.

Nolan Reimold was given a 3.

blog comments powered by Disqus