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Red Sox 14, Orioles 6

Today's attendance: 7,659. Ryan Adams' sacrifice fly scored Ty Wigginton in the eighth, Caleb Joseph had an RBI bloop single in the ninth and Wigginton followed with a three-run shot to left, but the Orioles fell eight runs short. Manager Dave Trembley met with the media on the field after the last out. "Pitched behind, walks, some miscues in the field," he said. "I liked

Quick game update (updated)

Not much to say about this one. Mark Hendrickson allowed a hit and walked a batter, but he kept the Red Sox scoreless in the fifth inning. Mike Gonzalez turned in a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth, but the Red Sox scored a run off Dennis Sarfate in the seventh. Boston 10, Orioles 1 Update: I hit the "save" button and Kevin Frandsen hits a

'Penned up emotions (updated)

The Red Sox are mistreating two pitchers who are projected members of the Orioles' bullpen this season. Jim Johnson followed Jason Berken to the mound. He should have turned right and kept walking. Single, hit-by-pitch, single, grand slam. Boston 9, Orioles 1. Victor Martinez followed his two-run shot off Berken in the third with a bases-clearing blast off Johnson in the fourth, the ball sailing

Berken up the wrong tree

The Red Sox didn't go easy on Jason Berken today. Victor Martinez followed Dustin Pedroia's leadoff single in the third inning with a two-run homer. Kevin Youkilis doubled off the fence in left-center field and scored on J.D. Drew's sharp single to right. Boston 5, Orioles 0. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz went to the mound and removed Berken, who allowed seven hits, walked one and

B-Rob's first inning (updated twice)

I usually focus on the starting pitcher, but Brian Roberts is stealing Jason Berken's thunder. We have plenty of witnesses. Ed Smith Stadium is packed again. Roberts ranged far to his left to glove Victor Martinez's grounder and throw to first for the second out of the inning, but that wasn't his finest play. He made a diving stop and throw to rob Kevin Youkilis

Montanez gone (w/lineup change and Jones update)

The Orioles optioned Lou Montanez to Triple-A Norfolk before today's game. If you're counting, that's 32 players left in camp. Montanez never had a chance to make the club without an injury opening up a spot in the outfield. He hit .319 with three doubles, one triple and eight RBIs. His 20 at-bats ranked second to Robert Andino's 21. Meanwhile, Adam Jones has been scratched

Pre-game notes

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail doesn't expect to have an update on Chad Moeller's situation before tomorrow. MacPhail is checking whether any clubs have openings for Moeller on their 25-man roster, but he doesn't sound optimistic that it will happen. Moeller apparently hasn't given an indication whether he'd accept an assignment to Triple- A Norfolk. "First, we both agreed to let the 25-man

Red Sox lineup

Marco Scutaro SS Dustin Pedroia 2B Victor Martinez C Kevin Youkilis 1B David Ortiz DH J.D. Drew RF Mike Lowell 3B Josh Reddick LF Che-Hsuan Lin CF Jon Lester LHP

Moeller in a holding pattern

Chad Moeller was standing at his locker this morning in a black t-shirt and a pair of jeans. No uniform jersey and pants. Nothing that would suggest he'll be working out with the team. Moeller is in a holding pattern of sorts (hence, the title of this entry). He's hoping to find out within the hour whether he'll be moving to another organization or reassigned

Orioles lineup

Brian Roberts 2B Nolan Reimold LF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Adam Jones CF Luke Scott DH Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS Jason Berken RHP Jon Lester is starting for the Red Sox.

A few quick answers

I had to approve the last batch of comments without addressing individual questions. I'll try to knock off a few of them here. * What happens to Jason Berken? He begins the season in long relief for the Orioles. They need a pitcher who's been stretched out, and Berken earned a spot with a strong spring. * Will Nolan Reimold sit for the entire Tampa

Trembley unplugged - Part 3

As I wrote earlier, the Orioles want Chad Moeller to stay at Triple-A Norfolk and continue working with young pitchers such as Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, Troy Patton and Brandon Erbe. But they understand his desire to play in the majors and will attempt to work out a deal for him. "We want to see how this unfolds with (Craig) Tatum," manager Dave Trembley said.

Trembley unplugged - Part 2

How difficult has it been for manager Dave Trembley to make these roster cuts? Let him explain. "That's why I didn't want to meet with you (reporters) at 11 today. I couldn't," he said. "I walked around those back fields all morning, kind of like, 'How am I going to talk to some of these guys?' It was tough for me to tell Brandon Snyder

Trembley unplugged

Manager Dave Trembley met with reporters for about 17 minutes after today's game. That's an unusually long session, and it became emotional as he recounted how he broke the roster news to several disappointed players. Chris Tillman will throw in a minor league game on Thursday to raise his pitch count in the 90-100 range. Then he'll go to Triple- A and try to get

Getting confirmation

Manager Dave Trembley listed his starting rotation as follows: Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Matusz, Brad Bergesen and David Hernandez. Trembley also confirmed the following: * Craig Tatum beat out Chad Moeller for the reserve spot behind Matt Wieters. * Felix Pie will start in left field on Opening Day. * Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta, Troy Patton, Brandon Erbe and Alfredo Simon will be the

Bergy on Bergy (updated twice)

Mike Gonzalez walked the first batter he faced on four pitches, and Don Kelly smacked a two-run homer to give Detroit the lead. But Robert Andino hit a two-run shot off the batters eye in center in the bottom of the seventh. Orioles 9, Tigers 8. Andino connected off Ryan Perry for his second homer (three if you count the first intrasquad game.) Brad Bergesen

Bergy's done for the day (updated)

Brad Bergesen is expected to pitch the opener at Camden Yards on April 9. It would be nice if a different Brad Bergesen showed up. Bergesen was charged with six runs in five innings to raise his ERA to 5.59. He allowed five hits, walked four, struck out three and surrendered three home runs. Bergesen threw 93 pitches, 52 for strikes. I'll go downstairs and

Make that two for Cabrera (updated)

Miguel Cabrera has just destroyed another pitch from Brad Bergesen, this time homering over the batters eye in center field. We're assuming that the ball landed on the other side, but it still might be in the air. Detroit 6, Orioles 4. Cabrera stood at home plate and admired his work in the first inning, but center fielder Adam Jones struck the pose on the

Bergy through three (updated twice)

Brad Bergesen has retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced. Bergesen allowed a one-out double to Austin Jackson in the second ining, but he struck out Johnny Damon and retired Magglio Ordonez on a sharp grounder to the mound. He threw 16 pitches, 10 for strikes. Miguel Cabrera, who launched a pitch into the parking lot beyond the left field fence in his

If you blinked... (updated)

...you missed Brad Bergesen giving up four runs without recording an out. Bergesen walked the first two batters. Maggio Ordonez followed with a two-run double to deep center field, and Miguel Cabrera launched a monstrous two-run homer to left. Cabrera posed at home plate before finally breaking into his trot. File that one away for his next at-bat. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz has gone to

Tillman talks about his demotion

The Orioles will announce the full round of roster cuts later today, but Chris Tillman holds the biggest name in a bunch that also includes infielders Justin Turner and Scott Moore. So there's no confusion, some players will remain in the major league camp despite being assigned to the minor league side. Simon, for example, is scheduled to start on Friday against the Yankees. Tillman

Cuts coming (updated again)

The Orioles will make more roster cuts after batting practice. Manager Dave Trembley won't be available to the media before the game because he has important business to conduct. The current roster stands at 38 with Joey Gathright's addition. Update: Chris Tillman, Alfredo Simon, Alberto Castillo, Ross Wolf, Jeff Salazar, and Adam Donachie will be included in the cuts. I'll have quotes from Tillman in

Catching on

We expect to find out about the starting rotation later today, but we're not sure whether manager Dave Trembley will unveil his 25-man roster. He'll probably make us wait a little longer, but it's pretty clear that Craig Tatum has beaten out Chad Moeller for the backup catching job. That was one of the few competitions in camp, and Moeller was the clear favorite when

Hernandez leaving camp for a few days

David Hernandez was supposed to pitch on Friday, but he's flying to California after tomorrow's workout to attend his grandmother's funeral. He'll follow Brian Matusz to the mound on Saturday. We're expecting to be told later today that Hernandez is the No. 5 starter. And Craig Tatum is looking like the choice as the backup catcher. Make that two surprises this spring. Nolan Reimold met

Gathright returns (with pitching updates)

The Orioles have signed outfielder Joey Gathright toa minor league contract and invited him to spring training. He's expected to report later today. Seems a little late, doesn't it? The Blue Jays released Gathright over the weekend. He'll provide depth for the Orioles at Triple-A Norfolk, where Lou Montanez and Jeff Salazar also are expected to play the outfield. Maybe we can talk him into

Orioles lineup

Brian Roberts 2B Felix Pie LF Adam Jones CF Miguel Tejada 3B Garrett Atkins 1B Luke Scott DH Lou Montanez RF Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP Tatum caught Brian Matusz in yesterday's intrasquad game, and he's catching Bergesen today. Should we read anything into it?

Yankees 11, Orioles 7

Luke Scott hit a two-run homer to left field in the ninth inning to complete the game's scoring. He connected off left-hander Royce Ring. He bats from the left side. There's really nothing left for me to say. Here's manager Dave Trembley on pitcher Jeremy Guthrie: "The two pitches that he threw to (Alex) Rodriguez to strike him out in the first inning were probably

Quick game update

Patrick Egan, who pitched at Single-A Delmarva, Single-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie last year, moved over from the minor league camp to work the ninth inning tonight. He struck out the first two batters he faced and served up a home run to catcher P.J. Pilittere. Egan regrouped and recorded another strikeout. You know it's spring training when... Yankees 11, Orioles 5. Nolan Reimold has

Guthrie on Guthrie (and game update)

Tonight's attendance: 8,208. That's an Ed Smith Stadium record for baseball. Mark Hendrickson only gave the Orioles two-thirds of an inning, and it included David Winfree's three-run homer. Yankees 8, Orioles 4. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz instructed Jeremy Guthrie to "ramp it up" tonight in preparation for the regular season. That might explain Guthrie's wildness. It's a theory. "I wasn't able to get in a

Guthrie's done for the night

Jeremy Guthrie has been replaced by Mark Hendrickson after allowing five runs (four earned) in five innings. I posted the rest of his line in my previous entry. I have Guthrie throwing 93 pitches, 53 for strikes. Guthrie has surrendered 19 runs (17 earned) and 28 hits in 20 2/3 innings this spring, with 13 walks and 16 strikeouts. His ERA actually dropped from 7.47

Teixeira update (and game update)

Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira is day-to-day with a bruised right elbow. A Yankees spokesman said X-rays weren't taken on Teixeira's arm, which surprises me. I figured it was automatically done. Orioles team orthopedist Dr. Tim Johnson and a Yankees physician examined Teixeira. Meanwhile, Jeremy Guthrie struck out the side in the fifth. He's allowed five runs (four earned) and three hits, walked four, struck

Guthrie update

The Yankees loaded the bases against Jeremy Guthrie with no outs in the fourth inning. They must want him to pitch from the stretch, like Rick Kranitz did with Brian Matusz in the intrasquad game. Nick Johnson struck out looking before David Winfree, who replaced Mark Teixeira and shouldn't be confused with David Winfield, grounded to first. Yankees 5, Orioles 1. Guthrie began the inning

B-Rob's first hit

After striking out in the first inning, Brian Roberts doubled off the fence in right field with one out in the third. Bring on Opening Day. Roberts had struck out in all four plate appearances before pulling a 1-1 pitch from Yankees starter Javier Vazquez. Meanwhile, Jeremy Guthrie retired the side in order in the third, including a strikeout of Robinson Cano, who hit a

Long blast against Guthrie (updated)

Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer off Jeremy Guthrie with two outs in the first inning. Yankees 3, Orioles 0. Nick Johnson walked and Mark Teixeira singled with one out. Alex Rodriguez struck out with the count full, but Cano launched a pitch over the left-center field fence. We have a 24-mph wind blowing out. Not sure it mattered. Guthrie threw 19 pitches, nine for

More pre-game Trembley

Orioles manager Dave Trembley has told players where they'll bat on Opening Day, but he'll continue to move guys around during the final week of spring training. "You always have to have other plans and other backups," he said. "You've got to keep playing with it and use spring training for your benefit. Spring training is to have options, experiment, move guys around. I'm not

Millwood finally official (updated twice)

Orioles manager Dave Trembley announced that Kevin Millwood will start the opener at Tropicana Field.. Continue to breathe normally. Trembley also said he'll probably reveal the rest of his rotation after tomorrow's game. The decision won't hinge on the upcoming starts by Chris Tillman and David Hernandez. Both pitchers will know their roles before taking the mound. Sure sounds like Hernandez is going to be

Yankees lineup (and upcoming pitchers)

Derek Jeter SS Nick Johnson DH Mark Teixeira 1B Alex Rodriguez 3B Robinson Cano 2B Marcus Thames LF Randy Winn RF Francisco Cervelli C Greg Golson CF Javier Vazquez RHP Brad Bergesen will oppose Detroit's Dontrelle Willis tomorrow afternoon. Chris Tillman faces Boston's Jon Lester on Wednesday. The Orioles travel to Port Charlotte on Thursday, where David Hernandez will face Tampa Bay's Mike Ekstrom.

MASN rotation tonight

The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer tweets that the Pirates claimed former Orioles pitcher Hayden Penn off waivers. The Marlins tried to sneak him through. Let's keep talking about former Orioles. Eddie Murray is scheduled to join the MASN booth tonight in the third inning. Mike Boddicker will stop by in the sixth. MASN sideline reporter Amber Theoharis will interview Ben McDonald in the fourth and

Mickolio update

Kam Mickolio is hoping to pitch tomorrow after being shut down for a few days with a sore groin. Mickolio hasn't pitched since Thursday. He said the discomfort started while he was running spints as part of his conditioning drills. "I think I'm back to almost full strength," he said. "It's just a little soreness."

Matusz on Matusz

Brian Matusz felt like he went eight innings today, though it was closer to nine. The official count says seven. That's what happens when you keep tacking on more outs. The Orioles wanted to raise his innings and pitches, and give him the feel for staying on the mound while a little fatigued. "It was good. I was getting ahead of guys, throwing strikes," he

Orioles lineup

Brian Roberts 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott 1B Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins DH Nolan Reimold LF Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP Javier Vazquez is starting for the Yankees.

More Matusz (updated)

Brian Matusz has completed five innings in the intrasquad game, and he hasn't allowed a runner to reach since my last entry. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz wanted Matusz to work from the stretch, so he put a runner on second base in the fifth. Yes, you know it's spring training when... The Orioles want Matusz to throw around 100 pitches. Alfredo Simon gave up a

Matusz pitching today

Brian Matusz has allowed one baserunner through three innings in an intrasquad game. Matusz walked the leadoff batter and got a double play. Josh Bell made a diving stop and throw along the third base line to rob Pedro Florimon in the third inning. Rain forced cancellation of the minor league game, so the Orioles are improvising.

Evening shade

The last game under the lights will be played tonight at Ed Smith Stadium, and you can catch it on MASN and 105.7 The Fan. You also can stick close to the blog. I'll be cranking out the copy again. The Yankees are in town, but that's not all. New MASN analysts Eddie Murray, Brady Anderson, Ben McDonald and Mike Boddicker also are here. We

Updating the day

I don't have a trick knee, but something told me that today's game would get rained out. Why else would I have stayed back - besides dumb luck? Alfredo Simon was supposed to start against the Yankees tomorrow night, but that opportunity was washed away. The Orioles aren't going to skip Jeremy Guthrie's turn, and Brian Matusz already is slated to start a minor league

Lebron update

Reliever Luis Lebron was expected to resume throwing today after being shut down for about a week. Lebron, who made a strong impression on manager Dave Trembley during his time in the major league camp, had been experiencing some slight "tenderness" in his arm, according to John Stockstill. "We decided to give him a few days off as a precaution," said Stockstill, who will officially

Trying to catch on

Chad Moeller re-signed with the Orioles because he figured to remain their backup catcher. The best opportunity was found in Baltimore. Otherwise, he might have kept looking for a job rather than accept their minor league offer and spring invite on Dec. 15. Manager Dave Trembley suggested yesterday that the competition between Moeller and Craig Tatum would carry into the final days of spring training.

Orioles lineup (with Matusz update)

Brian Roberts 2B Felix Pie CF Nolan Reimold RF Luke Scott 1B Garrett Atkins DH Lou Montanez LF Scott Moore 3B Chad Moeller C Robert Andino SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP I won't be traveling to Dunedin today, but I'll check in later with a recap. Update: Matusz is done after seven innings. The only hit and run he allowed came on a Billy Rowell homer

Millwood in the opener

Manager Dave Trembley might not be ready to announce his starting rotation on Monday. "We're going to let the next time through go, but I don't think there's any doubt now who's going to be the No. 1 guy," Trembley said. "I guess he threw eight scoreless innings in the back. Monday I'll be able to tell you who that guy is." Trembley chuckled, knowing

Hernandez's day

Scott Moore lifted a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth and Justin Turner hit a three-run double to increase the Orioles' lead to 6-0.. Did David Hernandez do enough today to push Chris Tillman from the fifth starter's slot? We still don't know, and neither does Hernandez. "I'm just trying to go out there and do the best I can every performance," he

Millwood's day

Kevin Millwood tossed eight scoreless innings in the minor league game. He threw 102 pitches. Yes, he's stretched out. "Everything felt good," he said. "It was like a normal day out on the mound. I felt like I located my fastball real well today. I threw some good changeups, I threw some good sliders. At times my curveball was good. I would take that stuff

Sweet relief

Cla Meredith induced three ground balls from the Red Sox in a routine sixth inning, and Will Ohman again retired all three batters he faced in the seventh. Orioles 2, Red Sox 0. Ohman hasn't allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings. He's surrendered only one hit. David Hernandez has finished running in the outfield, and I'll be heading downstairs shortly to interview him.

Hernandez takes the fifth (updated)

David Hernandez has made it through five scoreless innings today. Tug Hulett flied out on Hernandez's first pitch, but Dusty Brown walked after working the count full. Jacoby Ellsbury singled to left, and both runners advanced on Dustin Pedroia's fly ball to the warning track in right. Markakis slammed into the fence after making the grab and seemed to be a little shaken up, but

Hernandez's great escape

The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the fourth, but David Hernandez did a masterful job of keeping the game scoreless. Dustin Pedroia and Victor Martinez singled, and Adrian Beltre walked to put the right-hander in a serious jam. Hernandez responded by striking out Mitch Dening, Marco Scutaro and Josh Reddick. "Impressive" doesn't quite do it justice. On the

Hernandez in the second (and third)

The Red Sox scorched a couple balls in the second inning, but David Hernandez didn't allow a run. Jeremy Hermida singled with one out, but Marco Scutaro flied to right and Josh Reddick flied to right-center. Nick Markakis and Adam Jones ran a long way to make the catches. Hernandez threw 19 pitches, 12 for strikes. That's 33 pitches and 22 strikes through two innings.

Berken up the right tree

One of the keys to Jason Berken's improvement this spring is his sudden ability to slow his pace and regain control. He was in total control last night, blanking the Twins on two hits over four innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three. Berken, competing for the fifth starter's job or a long relief role, has allowed four runs in 12 2/3

More pre-game notes

Alfredo Simon will start Monday night's game against the New York Yankees. As I wrote earlier, Brian Matusz will pitch in a minor league game. Brian Roberts will return to the lineup tomorrow night. We're all curious to see how David Hernandez pitches today following Chris Tillman's disappointing outing last night and Jason Berken's four innings of shutout relief. The bullpen might not be the

The backup plan

Manager Dave Tremblely wouldn't classify Chad Moeller as the clear frontrunner to back up Matt Wieters on Opening Day. The competition for that job continues into the final week of camp. Moeller is batting .300 (6-for-20) with one double, two homers and three RBIs in 20 at-bats. Craig Tatum is batting .176 (3-for-17) with two doubles and two RBIs in 17 at-bats. Both of Tatum's

Koji update

Koji Uehara played catch again today before moving to the back fields, where he was expected to do some light running. Uehara's left hamstring is feeling a little better, but he needs to get back on the mound. He's been projected as the seventh-inning guy and he needs to pitch again before the Orioles head to St. Petersburg for the opener. "It makes you shuffle

Worth noting (w/Red Sox lineup)

Brian Roberts said his back felt fine this morning. "I'm good, I'm good," he told reporters who approached his locker. Roberts won't take any swings in a minor league game today. He's expected to be in tomorrow's lineup. Mike Gonzalez will join Kevin Millwood in today's minor league tilt. Unfortunately, I can only be in one place at a time, so I'll probably miss them.

Orioles lineup

Felix Pie LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C Miguel Tejada 3B Garrett Atkins 1B Ty Wigginton DH Justin Turner 2B Cesar Izturis SS David Hernandez RHP Will Ohman, Cla Meredith and Kam Mickolio also are slated to pitch.

Post-game Trembley

Tremendous outing by Jason Berken, who shut out the Twins on two hits over four innings in the Orioles' 4-3 loss. He didn't walk a batter and struck out three. Berken lowered his ERA to 2.84 on a night that Chris Tillman labored. David Hernadez starts tomorrow against the Red Sox. Is the competition for the fifth starter's job really over or is there still

Tillman on Tillman

Robert Andino dropped a fly ball in left field in the eighth inning. He looked like a shortstop trying to play the outfield. Hard to pile too much blame on him. Chris Tillman found some positive aspects about tonight's start, but he didn't have many kind things to say about his 27-pitch third inning. He kept going back to how long that inning lasted, though

The life of Brian

Nolan Reimold homered with the count full in the seventh inning, his first of the spring. He singled earlier and scored from first base on a double. A good night for the left fielder. Twins 4, Orioles 3. Brian Roberts struck out in all three at-bats tonight before leaving the game. "It felt good just to put a uniform on and go play. Certainly it's

The offense wakes up

Craig Tatum drove in his first two runs of the spring with a double into left-center field, scoring Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold with two outs in the fifth inning. Twins 4, Orioles 2. Jones singled with one out to break up Scott Baker's no-hitter. Reimold singled with two outs and scored all the way from first base on the double. Nothing wrong with the

Tillman's done (updated twice)

Chris Tillman threw 88 pitches tonight, 51 for strikes. He's leaving the game with one out in the top of the fifth and a runner on second base. The Twins continue to lead, 1-0, but the runner is his responsibility after Denard Span drew a leadoff walk. Tillman walked four and struck out four. It was quite a struggle tonight. The best thing you can

Tillman scuffling and surviving (updated twice)

How are the Twins only leading by one run? Chris Tillman threw 27 pitches in the third inning, 16 for strikes. His count is up to 72. The Twins have four hits and three walks. They're working Tillman hard. But they're only ahead, 1-0. Tillman will come back out for the fourth, but he's not going deep in this game. The Orioles don't have a

The first inning (updated twice)

I won't track all nine innings separately, but the first one is noteworthy because it includes the beginning of Chris Tillman's latest start and the first at-bat for Brian Roberts. Tillman retired all three batters he faced. Denard Span struck out looking, Alexi Casilla bounced to first and Michael Cuddyer grounded to short. Pretty routine. Tillman threw 13 pitches, seven for strikes. Roberts led off

More pre-game notes (and more quotes)

Brian Roberts will get three at-bats tonight. He's not expected to play tomorrow. Manager Dave Trembley referred to Brandon Snyder as "the most improved guy in camp from one year to the next." "I think Snyder is close to being ready to play at the major league level," Trembley said. "I sure think Snyder's happy I had the conversation with him last year about, let's

Setback for Koji?

Koji Uehara threw off flat ground again today, but he couldn't complete his running progression and had to cut short his workout. A team physician is going to examine Uehara, who's dealing with a sore left hamstring. The Orioles don't have any futher updates. Manager Dave Trembley is hoping to know more about Uehara's condition tomorrow. Also, Trembley said he might announce his starting rotation

The official cuts (corrected)

The Orioles optioned infielders Josh Bell, Rhyne Hughes, Brandon Snyder and Michael Aubrey to Triple-A Norfolk. Infielder Pedro Florimon was optioned to Double-A Bowie. Pitchers Frank Mata, Josh Perrault and Dennis Sarfate, and outfielder Jonathan Tucker were assigned to minor league camp because they're not on the 40-man roster. The moves leave the Orioles with 37 players in camp: PITCHERS (18) Albers, Matt - RHP

Orioles and Twins lineups

For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters DH Adam Jones CF Luke Scott 1B Nolan Reimold LF Craig Tatum C Cesar Izturis SS Chris Tillman RHP For the Twins: Denard Span CF Alexi Casilla SS Michael Cuddyer RF Jacque Jones DH Delmon Young LF Brendan Harris 3B Wilson Ramos C Brock Peterson 1B Matt Tolbert 2B Scott Baker

Snyder, Sarfate among the cuts

The Orioles have delayed posting their lineup until manager Dave Trembley meets with the players who are being assigned to the minor league camp. Brandon Snyder, Dennis Sarfate, Josh Bell, Rhyne Hughes, Jonathan Tucker and Pedro Florimon are six of the players headed to the other side. And more cuts are coming, but the clubhouse is closed to the media. "It's better than making that

The Stockstill Switch is official

The Orioles just announced that David and John Stockstill are changing roles. As a result of the moves, which will be effective on April 5, David has been named director of international operations and John has been designated the director of player development. David will be in charge of the scouting in the Far East, Latin America and beyond. He'll also oversee player development in

Solid spring for Albers

The dogfight continues for the last spot or two in the Orioles' bullpen. Matt Albers and Kam Mickolio each posted a scoreless inning yesterday, proving again that their bite is worse than their bark. Or something like that. Albers is out of options, so he'd have to pass through waivers before being sent down. He's going to make the decision especially difficult for manager Dave

Night moves

In my continuing quest to bring you the latest sports news from around the globe - or at least parts of Florida - I spent about four hours last night with the Sarasota Roller Girls at a local establishment called "Beery's." I know, I know...like we haven't all done that before. They have a blog (who doesn't?) and also can be found on Facebook and

Orioles 8, Yankees 0

Matt Albers struck out Marcus Thames with two outs and a runner on first base to complete the Orioles' 8-0 victory over the Yankees. Albers allowed a leadoff single before getting the next three outs. Kam Mickolio also allowed a hit in a scoreless inning, and he struck out two batters. The dogfight continues. Matt Wieters, Adam Jones and Garrett Atkins each had two RBIs

Bergy on Bergy

Michael Aubrey singled while I was waiting to interview Brad Bergesen. Good for him. It's been a rough spring for the first baseman. Brad Bergesen is happy with today's start, but he's not satisfied. "There are a few things I still need to focus on and accomplish this spring training, but I felt that much more like myself today and I just need to continue

Bergy's day

Brad Bergesen left today's game to a loud ovation. Manager Dave Trembley shook his hand and patted his back at least four times. I lost track. I only count pitches, not pats. Bergesen blanked the Yankees on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two. Trembley brought in Alberto Castillo after Alex Rodriguez drew a two-out walk. Bergesen threw 76

In the booth (updated)

Former Orioles Eddie Murray, Brady Anderson, Mike Boddicker and Ben McDonald will join the MASN broadcast booth for select games this season. They'll assist with the color commentary on a rotating basis. Anderson will provide television and radio analysis, and appear on the O's Xtra pre- and post-game shows on April 23-25 in Boston. Other dates will be announced. Each player will work nearly a

Quick game update (with two updates)

Matt Wieters, batting .179 coming into the game, just lined a two-run double in left-center field in the third inning. Orioles 4, Yankees 0. Miguel Tejada and Nick Markakis singled before Wieters came to the plate. Adam Jones will take aim at the Yankees' bus again. Maybe he'll break some glass this time. Nope. Jones walked. Still no outs and left-hander Boone Logan taking the

Up and Adam (w/Bergy update)

Adam Jones just hit a two-run homer and a bus. Jones launched a pitch from Alfredo Aceves over the left field fence in the second inning, and the ball slammed off one of the buses that transported the Yankees to Sarasota. That's four homers and six RBIs for Jones, who jumped on an 0-1 pitch after Matt Wieters walked and gave the Orioles a 2-0

Bergy off to a hot start (updated)

Brad Bergesen needed only six pitches to get through the top of the first inning. Five of them were strikes. Derek Jeter grounded to second, with Ty Wigginton ranging far to his right to make the backhanded pickup. Nick Johnson flied to center, and Mark Teixeira grounded to Cesar Izturis, who was playing on the right side as part of the infield shift. Of course,

The Arrieta Up There

Jake Arrieta told reporters earlier today that he met with manager Dave Trembley, pitching coach Rick Kranitz and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail about joining the minor league camp. The idea apparently came from the young right-hander, which is an unusual occurrence. Arrieta only pitched five innings, not counting an intrasquad game. He knew where he'd start the season, and it wasn't in the

Roberts will play tomorrow

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will make his first spring start tomorrow night against the Minnesota Twins. Manager Dave Trembley isn't certain how long Roberts will play or how many at-bats he'll receive. Trembley also must decide whether to play Roberts in consecutive games or give him Saturday off. "The only thing I'm saying today is he's going to play tomorrow," Trembley said. "It's been

Look for the union label

The clubhouse remained closed to the media today, with players taking the field for batting practice after their union meeting adjourned. Michael Weiner, general counsel to the players association, has two more camps to visit this spring. His car was pointed in the general direction of Fort Myers. "It's mostly about getting ready for bargaining because there's such turnover in the player composition that you

The lineups

For the Orioles: Felix Pie LF Miguel Tejada 3B Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C Adam Jones CF Luke Scott DH Garrett Atkins 1B Ty Wigginton 2B Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP For the Yankees: Derek Jeter SS Nick Johnson DH Mark Teixeira 1B Alex Rodriguez 3B Robinson Cano 2B Nick Swisher RF Marcus Thames LF Randy Winn CF Francisco Cervelli C Alfredo Aceves

Subtract Arrieta

The Orioles have assigned pitcher Jake Arrieta to the minor league camp, reducing their spring training roster to 47 players. Arrieta needs the innings, and they won't come in Grapefruit League games with the projected starters being stretched out. Look for Arrieta to reappear in Triple-A Norfolk's rotation in April. The right-hander allowed three earned runs (five total) and seven hits in five innings this

Where am I?

This place looks familiar. Is it...could it be...Sarasota? I might drive around Ed Smith Stadium 172 times before parking my car, just so it feels like a road trip. The Orioles are home for three straight games, beginning today against the New York Yankees. That means they'll be able to work on some fundamentals on the back fields, a luxury they didn't have because of

The Stockstill Switch

I was told again this afternoon that the Orioles won't be issuing a statement regarding the Stockstill brothers before Friday. They're expected to announce that David and John have switched roles. David will become director of international scouting, and John will become director of player development. Sounds like a Lindsay Lohan movie. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail declined to comment when I approached him

Post-game Trembley

Opening statement: "We pitched good enough to win. I'm glad we got Matusz stretched out. We got those other guys in." On Brian Matusz: "He wasn't as crisp, he wasn't as sharp, but he knows how to pitch. He knows how to pitch without his best stuff. That was obvious today. And he was good. He was good." On Will Ohman: "It seems like every

Cardinals 4, Orioles 2

Brian Matusz didn't have his best stuff today, but he turned in a quality start. Another encouraging sign from him. "Today was one of those days where I never really got in a good groove, and you're going to have those days," he said. "You have games where you feel great, and games where you have to grind and battle through it. I was having

Pitching update

Will Ohman faced one batter and struck him out. That's 6 1/3 scoreless innings for Ohman this spring, with two hits allowed, two walks and 10 strikeouts. Think he'll make the team? Jim Johnson retired both batters he faced after replacing Ohman. Mike Gonzalez allowed a run in the bottom of the eighth. He threw 23 pitches, 11 for strikes. Gonzalez walked the leadoff hitter,

As a Matusz of fact (updated)

Will Ohman is warming in the bullpen, so Brian Matusz appears to be done after six innings. Matusz allowed three runs and nine hits. That's two more hits than his spring total before today. He also walked a batter and struck out one. I'll update this entry with his official pitch count. My unofficial total is 83, but I don't trust me right now. Update:

Family Matusz (updated twice)

Did I mention that Brian Matusz's grandparents are here today? Matusz has raised the bar so high this spring, today's effort looks like a real struggle. The Cardinals strung together back-to-back singles with one out in the fourth, executed a double steal and tied the game on David Freese's double to right. Matusz has allowed two runs and six hits through the fourth. He's thrown

The second inning (and the third)

Brian Matusz gave up a two-out double to Yadier Molina and a single to David Freese in the second inning, but the Cardinals didn't score. Left fielder Nolan Reimold almost threw out Molina at second. Molina reached third on Freese's hit, but he left the game with an apparent hamstring injury. I think he has a bad case of slow. Matusz fanned Ryan Ludwick for

Hill Street Blues (updated)

Before the first pitch was thrown, we stood for the longest rendition of the national anthem in spring training history. Me: "Is this a night game?" Schmuck: "Rich Hill just walked the bases loaded." Press box announcer: "The temperature just went up two degrees." Too bad we didn't have a stopwatch on her. Hill walked leadoff hitter Felix Pie on six pitches. He also walked

A few nuggets

Go with the honey mustard dipping sauce today. David Hernandez will start Saturday against the Red Sox in Sarasota, the last of three straight home games for the Orioles. Kevin Millwood will pitch in a minor league game on Saturday, as he suggested after his last start. No sense letting the Red Sox get a read on him, though I assume the book is out

Orioles lineup (updated)

Felix Pie CF Robert Andino SS Lou Montanez RF Nolan Reimold LF Brandon Snyder 1B Josh Bell 3B Scott Moore DH Chad Moeller C Justin Turner 2B Brian Matusz LHP Here's the Cardinals lineup: Lugo 2B Ryan SS Pujols 1B Holliday LF Ludwick RF Molina C Freese 3B Mather CF Hill LHP Matusz was originally listed as the ninth hitter for the Orioles, but manager

Been here, done that

(I had to rewrite this entry because it somehow got deleted from the system. I'm off to a good start). I made the trip back up I-95 this morning, resisting the urge to use the carpool lane, and arrived at Roger Dean Stadium in approximately 45 minutes. Not bad for rush hour, especially going through West Palm, where traffic usually comes to a screeching halt.

Marlins 5, Orioles 2

Robert Andino came within a few feet of hitting a grand slam in the top of the ninth, but he made the final out in the Marlins' 5-2 victory. The ball died on the center field warning track. He gave it quite a ride. Luke Scott's RBI double drew the Orioles within three runs. Craig Tatum singled and Brandon Snyder walked to load the bases.

Guthrie's line (updated again)

Jeremy Guthrie came out of the game after five innings, with Cla Meredith replacing him. Guthrie threw 91 pitches, 56 for strikes. He allowed two runs and six hits, walked two, struck out four and hit a batter. The Marlins put runners on base every inning (nine total), but Guthrie blanked them over the last three. Guthrie's ERA has been lowered from 9.28 to 7.47.

Guthrie pitches first scoreless (updated)

Hanley Ramirez singled with one out in the third and Jorge Cantu was hit by a pitch, but Jeremy Guthrie turned in his first scoreless inning today. Dan Uggla popped up and pinch-hitter Mike Stanton lined to left. Guthrie threw 12 pitches, eight for strikes, by my unofficial count. Nolan Reimold singled in the top of the third inning. He's heating up. Brian Matusz starts

Who needs a DH?

Florida pitcher Ricky Nolasco singled with two outs to score Brett Hayes and give the Marlins a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Once again, Guthrie got into trouble after retiring the first two batters, including a strikeout of Gaby Sanchez. Hayes doubled off the left field fence and Nolasco bounced a single into left field. Luke Scott made a strong throw

Jones homers (w/Guthrie update)

Adam Jones just homered to right-center field on a 2-1 pitch to give the Orioles a quick 1-0 lead. Nolan Reimold flied to right before Jones stepped to the plate against Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco. Jones has three homers and five RBIs this spring. Nick Markakis followed with a single into center field. Update: Jeremy Guthrie retired the first two batters, getting a called third

Before the first pitch...

Manager Dave Trembley believes that Nolan Reimold "looks better" running the bases. "He was never a real pretty runner. He was a max-effort type guy, but moved good, quick," Trembley said. "The other day when he got on, I would have pinch-run for him, but I needed to see him run the bases because I need to find out. You've got to let him run

Pre-game notes (w/Marlins lineup)

Brian Roberts is expected to take live batting practice today and tomorrow in Sarasota. "It would be nice to get him in a game at the end of the week, but I'll have to check with the medical people and see what he says," manager Dave Trembley said. Koji Uehara told pitching coach Rick Kranitz on Sunday morning that he doesn't need much more time

Orioles lineup

Nolan Reimold DH Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott LF Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Ty Wigginton 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP Ricky Nolasco is starting for the Marlins.

Greetings from Jupiter

I almost took a wrong turn at Uranus. I'm sitting in the press box at Roger Dean Stadium as the Marlins take infield practice. Still no sign of the Orioles, who are bringing two buses from Sarasota. One bus will head back to Sarasota later today with the players who aren't staying for tomorrow's game against the Cardinals. I'll post the lineup and pass along

Orioles HOF

Former Orioles pitching coach and manager Ray Miller has been elected to the Orioles' Hall of Fame. Former catcher and manager Johnny Oates will be inducted posthumously as a selection of the Veteran's Committee. Longtime baseball operations employee Lenny Johnston will be enshrined as this year's Herb Armstrong Award winner. Five Orioles pitchers were 20-game-winners under Miller's tutelage - Mike Boddicker in 1984, Scott McGregor

Spring break

The exhibition schedule always contains one open date, and we've reached it today. The complex is closed to the media. Gates are locked. Keys have been swallowed. (OK, they don't go that far, but the Orioles really want reporters to stay away.) I'll be covering both games in Jupiter beginning tomorrow, which requires me to spend two nights on that side of the state. I'll

Orioles 5, Phillies 4

Josh Perrault gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth, including a two-run shot by Greg Dobbs, but the Orioles held on for a 5-4 win in Clearwater. Asked about Kevin Millwood, manager Dave Trembley replied, "All you had to see was the first inning to tell you about Millwood. Case closed." Well, not quite. What exactly does that mean? Can we open

Millwood on Millwood

So much for working on things. Kevin Millwood treated today's start like a regular-season game as he held the Phillies to one run over five innings. That included throwing his changeup in more normal counts and circumstances "I didn't use it a lot," he said. "Today, I used it more in situations when I'd probably use it in a game and I tried to pitch

Gonzo and game updates

Run-scoring singles by Lou Montanez, Matt Wieters and Brandon Snyder have given the Orioles a 4-1 lead going into the bottom of the eighth. Mike Gonzalez tossed a scoreless seventh, allowing a two-out double and striking out one batter. "I feel much better," he said. "Every time I'm going out there, I'm feeling a little better. Getting more into my rhythm and timing. I definitely

Millwood's done - and so are the Terps

The entire press box was fixated on the end of the Maryland-Michigan State game. Way too many MSU grads sitting near me. Kevin Millwood was charged with one run and five hits in five innings, with three walks and six strikeouts. He threw 94 pitches, 59 for strikes. I don't even care. I'm still mourning the Terps loss. Will Ohman replaced Millwood and walked the

Nolan's rollin! (with Millwood update)

Nolan Reimold just collected his first hit of the spring, a single off the left field fence with two outs in the fifth inning. The ball was hit so hard that Reimold had no shot at a double. Raul Ibanez played the carom perfectly and got the ball back to the infield as Reimold took a wide turn around first. Reimold was 0-for-22 before ending

More Millwood (part 2)

Nolan Reimold's sacrifice fly to the warning track in left field in the third inning brought home Ty Wigginton with the tying run. Wigginton doubled and took third on Jimmy Rollin's error. Nick Markakis has the Orioles' other hit, a double in the first inning. The Phillies loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but Millwood wiggled off the hook. Millwood gave up

Millwood on the mound (part 2)

Kevin Millwood fell behind 2-0 to leadoff hitter Jimmy Rollins and gave up a double to right-center field. He got a strike on Placido Polanco and gave up a single into center field. Polanco took third when Adam Jones' throw deflected off Garrett Atkins' glove. Was it too late for a rainout? Chase Utley struck out on three pitches. Ryan Howard struck out looking with

Play ball

We're a few minutes away from the first pitch. Nothing wrong with starting two hours late. I'm told that Cole Hamels was supposed to pitch in a B game today, but the rain forced its cancellation. He'll follow Jamie Moyer to the mound in the regular game. Trembley met with closer Mike Gonzalez last week to make sure he could count on the left-hander for

More Trembley unplugged

No matter what numbers Kevin Millwood posts this spring, he's made a favorable impression on manager Dave Trembley. "He wants no special privileges," Trembley said. "He rides the bus, he sits in the first seat, he's the first guy in every drill, he stays and watches the game, he's the first guy out for the national anthem. He's worked for everything he's got. Nothing has

Talking about the rotation

We tried to get manager Dave Trembley to reveal his rotation this morning, but he wouldn't bite. He's not ready to confirm whether Kevin Millwood is the Opening Day starter, though you can bet on it, or where the pitchers will be slotted. Trembley didn't look up Millwood's spring stats from past years. He'll take the right-hander's word that the numbers are poor. So what

Phillies lineup

It's raining hard and the tarp's on the field. If this game is cancelled, the Orioles will probably use tomorrow's scheduled day off to play an intrasquad game. And my tears will fall like these raindrops. Here's the Phillies lineup: Jimmy Rollins SS Placido Polanco 3B Chase Utley 2B Ryan Howard 1B Jayson Werth RF Raul Ibanez LF Dewayne Wise CF Paul Hoover C Jamie

Roster cuts

Caleb Joseph, Miguel Abreu, Blake Davis, Matt Angle, Luis Bernardo and Michel Hernandez have been assigned to the minor league camp. They'll report on Tuesday, which means they'll simply walk to the opposite clubhouse. You don't get sent down anymore. You get sent over. Hernandez can't play anyway because of a fractured right index finger. Brian Roberts took regular batting practice from the left and

Joseph's last day

Catcher Caleb Joseph is walking around the clubhouse collecting signatures on his "2010 spring training ball," as he calls it. This is Joseph's last day in the major league camp. He'll move to the other side of the building and join the Triple-A and Double-A players. "It's almost indescribable because you gain so much experience," he said. "It's hard to put into words exactly what

Orioles lineup

Nolan Reimold DH Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott LF Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Ty Wigginton 2B Cesar Izturis SS Kevin Millwood RHP

Clearing up some confusion

When I posted the pitchers for tomorrow, I specified that they were appearing in the minor league game. That's why you didn't see Kevin Millwood's name. Millwood is starting against the Phillies in Clearwater, followed by Will Ohman, Jim Johnson and Mike Gonzalez. He isn't being skipped. There's nothing wrong with him. The Phillies will counter with former Oriole Jamie Moyer and Antonio Bastardo. I

You know it's spring training when... (quotes added)

...Paco Figueroa doubles to score his twin brother in a major league game. Figueroa's double with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning plated Brandon Snyder and Danny Figueroa to extend the Orioles' lead to 5-2. Frank Mata replaced Alberto Castillo with two outs in the top of the ninth and got the final out to strand two runners and make the Orioles

Bergy on Bergy (updated)

Brad Bergesen has a tendency to rush his delivery. It happened earlier today, as the Pirates scored twice in the first inning. It didn't continue, and Bergesen retired the last 10 batters he faced. "When I went in after that first inning and talked to Kranny, he told me to just really slow things down and guide myself over the rubber. I just tried to

Luuuuuuke Scott (updated twice)

Luke Scott homered to right field with two outs in the fourth inning, reducing the Pirates lead to 2-1. Scott appeared to jump on a Charlie Morton changeup with the count full, giving him two homers and nine RBIs this spring. MASN play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne is sitting next to me in the press box. Just as he finished telling me that Pirates starter Charlie

Bergy much better (part 2)

Brad Bergesen struck out two in a perfect third inning. Ryan Church flied to left, Garrett Jones took a called third strike and Ryan Doumit went down swinging. Bergesen has struck out three in three innings, but the Pirates continue to hold a 2-0 lead. He's thrown 35 pitches, 24 for strikes. He's only needed 19 pitches (15 for strikes) to get through the last

Bergy's on the mound (part 2)

Not a good first inning for Brad Bergesen. The Pirates loaded the bases with no outs and scored twice to take a 2-0 lead. The inning included a costly error by second baseman Ty Wigginton, who failed to backhand Ryan Doumit's grounder up the middle as the second run scored. Garrett Jones drove in the first one with a sacrifice fly. Bobby Crosby struck out

Trembley unplugged

Brian Roberts hit from the left side today, taking his cuts at soft-toss and off a tee. Michael Aubrey took batting practice and fielded grounders at first base as he draws closer to playing in a game after injuring his groin last Saturday in Tampa. Head athletic trainer Richie Bancells told manager Dave Trembley that it should be "any day now." "We've got, what, 16

Quick Koji update

Orioles pitcher Koji Uehara decided not to play catch today to test his sore left hamstring. "Maybe tomorrow," he said through interpreter Jiwon Bang. Uehara said there's "no particular reason" why he's delaying the flat-ground session for at least one more day. "I could have done it today," he said, "but I wanted to do some weight lifting on my upper body." I'll pass along

A few nuggets (with Pirates lineup)

As always, choose your favorite dipping sauce. Outfielder Kyle Hudson was supposed to travel to Fort Myers as part of the minor league contingent for today's game against the Red Sox, but Ronnie Welty is taking his place. The Orioles will wear their black batting practice jerseys for that game, in case you were wondering. Here are the pitchers for some upcoming games: Tomorrow's minor

Nolan needs to get rollin'

Unless something changes in the next 24 hours, manager Dave Trembley said closer Mike Gonzalez will pitch against the Phillies tomorrow in Clearwater, rather than appear in another Triple-A game in Sarasota. As I approached Nolan Reimold's locker this morning, he grew sentimental for the days when I would check on his sore Achilles. Anything beats talk of his 0-for-19. I figured that I was

Orioles lineups

vs. Pirates in Sarasota: Felix Pie LF Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott 1B Matt Wieters C Nolan Reimold DH Ty Wigginton 2B Cesar Izturis SS Brad Bergesen RHP vs. Red Sox in Fort Myers: Robert Andino 3B Justin Turner 2B Lou Montanez LF Garrett Atkins 1B Jeff Salazar CF Josh Bell DH Craig Tatum C Miguel Abreu RF Blake

As a Matusz of fact

Manager Dave Trembley had nothing but good things to say about Brian Matusz after tonight's 2-0 victory over the Phillies. "Doesn't matter who he faces, doesn't matter what lineup he's facing, he doesn't get out of his lane," Trembley said. "That's Brian Matusz, the way he pitches. He just has a feel for pitching. And he knows what he's doing. "He's going to be real

Quick game update (updated)

Will Ohman retired both batters he faced, with one strikeout, after replacing Brian Matusz. He still hasn't allowed a run in six appearances. Jim Johnson, who allowed three runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings before tonight, walked a batter and struck out two in a scoreless seventh. The Phillies still don't have a hit as we enter the top of the eighth with

Nothing else Matusz (updated)

That's five hitless innings for left-hander Brian Matusz, and another nice escape. Josh Bell's throwing error allowed Jayson Werth to reach second base with no outs. Greg Dobbs grounded to first, Brian Schneider lined to second and pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. struck out. Not a problem. Matusz threw 12 pitches, nine for strikes. He's thrown 42 of his 68 pitches for strikes tonight. He also

Finally, we have runs

The Orioles loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth inning on singles by Lou Montanez and Josh Bell, and a walk to Chad Moeller. They scored twice to take a 2-0 lead over the Phillies. Jeff Salazar's fielder's choice grounder brought home Montanez, and Bell scored on Robert Andino's fly ball to center. Andino is 1-for-1 with a double, RBI, walk and stolen

Matusz still on the mound (part 2)

The Phillies didn't get the ball out of the infield in the third inning, which began with Brian Matusz striking out pitcher Kyle Kendrick and shortstop Jimmy Rollins. Shane Victorino popped to first base to keep the Phillies hitless and the game scoreless. Matusz threw 13 pitches, nine for strikes. That makes 40 pitches and 23 strikes in three innings. The Orioles have one hit,

Matusz on the mound (part 2)

Brian Matusz didn't allow a ball out of the infield in the top of the first inning, getting two bouncers to short and one to second. Matusz threw eight pitches, five for strikes. Didn't the Phillies learn their lesson the last time? I'll tack on his second inning in this entry. Stay tuned. The second inning: You thought I was joking? Matusz issued his first

More Koji (and minor leaguers added)

Please allow me to introduce myself...and to pass along some quotes from Koji Uehara. I've got the complete transcript for you. Enjoy. His timeline: "I am thinking to play catch tomorrow. That's what I am thinking." When he'll return to the mound: "At this moment, I don't know." How he's feeling now: "Similar to yesterday." If he's in pain: "When I am walking around, I

Pre-game notes

It seemed like a curious move when the Orioles optioned Double-A reliever Wilfrido Perez to Double-A Bowie while also adding 17 players for tomorrow's two split-squad games. Manager Dave Trembley offered the following explanation: "The situation with him is, the minor league games have started. Let's get him pitching in the games. He's right on track to start pitching. A guy coming off arm surgery,

Roberts update (with Koji update)

Brian Roberts has been cleared by Dr. Lewis Riley, the back specialist at Johns Hopkins, to begin performing baseball-related activities today. Roberts, who received an epidural from Riley on Monday, was preparing to take the field and run, throw, field some grounders and hit off a tee. Roberts said he can't really notice much of a difference in his back without attempting these activites. "Not

Orioles lineup and Gonzo

Robert Andino SS Ty Wigginton 2B Nolan Reimold DH Luke Scott LF Garrett Atkins 1B Lou Montanez RF Josh Bell 3B Chad Moeller C Jeff Salazar CF Brian Matusz LHP Here's what Mike Gonzalez said about his eight-pitch relief stint today: "It felt good. Every day it's getting a little better. Obviously it was a great idea for me to come out here and throw.

Gonzo gets going

Mike Gonzalez tossed a scoreless sixth inning in today's Triple-A game in Sarasota. Most important, Gonzalez completed the inning. He didn't leave after facing two batters, which happened in his last appearance because of lower-back stiffness. Gonzalez threw eight pitches, five for strikes. He gave up a leadoff triple, but the runner was erased on a 5-2 fielder's choice. Gonzalez's fastball topped out at 89

Still waiting on Gonzo (updated)

We're in the third inning of the Triple-A game, and still no sign of Mike Gonzalez. He's slated to pitch one inning. We thought it would be the third, but Armando Gabino is on the mound. Troy Patton allowed a run over two innings against Boston's Triple-A team. Meanwhile, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail says Koji Uehara is day-to-day with a sore left hamstring.

The bullpen blues

We have a night game in Clearwater, so my morning is free. And what better way to spend it than approving comments that have been sitting for 12 hours? Sorry about that. I raced back from Dunedin yesterday, went to the gym and met up with friends at Evie's on Bee Ridge Rd, where I watched more of my NCAA bracket crumble like the Orioles'

Post-game Trembley

Manager Dave Trembley clarified Craig Tatum's injury as a bruised left index finger. Tatum was injured on his 27th birthday. It just doesn't seem fair. Asked about his concern over Koji Uehara's hamstring, Trembley replied, "I won't know until tomorrow." Trembley noted that Jeremy Guthrie "pitched up" and "pitched behind." "I will be interested to see how he pitches the next time," Trembley added. Trembley

More on Koji

Matt Albers served up a two-run homer to Chris Lubanski in the bottom of the eighth inning. Toronto 13, Orioles 3. Koji Uehara also had a left hamstring issue last year, but he said the discomfort is in a different spot this time. "When I made the last pitch, I felt something in my hamstring," he said. Asked if he's concerned, Uehara said, "I'm always

Injury updates (updated)

Matt Wieters hit a monstrous home run to center field in the sixth inning after the Blue Jays' Aaron Hill unleashed a two-run shot off Alberto Castillo in the bottom of the fifth. I guess it's a good thing I listed his spring stats before the game. Toronto 11, Orioles 3. Koji Uehara exited the game with a strained left hamstring. Craig Tatum has a

Tatum leaves game (and so does Koji)

Catcher Craig Tatum left the game with one out in the fifth inning with an apparent injury to his hand. Koji Uehara struck out Travis Snider on three pitches and got ahead 0-1 on John McDonald when Tatum rose to his feet and began walking to the mound. We didn't see whether Tatum was hit by a foul tip. It seems like every person in

Guthrie's day (updated)

It didn't go the way he wanted. Guthrie has thrown 75 pitches through three innings, 43 for strikes, and he won't return for the fourth. He's done pitching in Dunedin. Guthrie is charged with seven runs (six earned) and seven hits. He walked three, struck out none and allowed three home runs. He also threw a wild pitch, and his spring ERA jumped to 9.28.

Mr. Jones and me (updated)

Adam Jones just led off the top of the third inning with a long home run to left-center field. Toronto 4, Orioles 2. The ball sailed past the scoreboard, giving Jones two home runs this spring. Luke Scott doubled to right with two outs. Jeremy Guthrie will come back out for the bottom of the third inning with his pitch count at 42, including 25

Izzy's busy (updated)

Shortstop Cesar Izturis had a hand in all three outs in the bottom of the first inning. He also failed to make a play that was scored a hit and started a rally that allowed Toronto to tie the game. Jose Bautista opened the inning by grounding to Izturis. Aaron Hill followed with a grounder that scooted past Izturis, who attempted to make a backhanded

This and that (updated)

Manager Dave Trembley says he's seen the following from Jeremy Guthrie, who makes his fourth start today: "Better delivery, better location of his fastball," Trembley said. "You're never going to get a guy with a better attitude. I don't think there's ever going to be a fluctuation in his attitude. The guy's an A-plus in that category. "Jeremy Guthrie's probably the hardest-working guy I've ever

Pre-game notes (updated)

Closer Mike Gonzalez will pitch an inning tomorrow in a minor league game, and another inning Sunday against the Phillies in Clearwater. Manager Dave Trembley said he didn't have any updates on Brian Roberts. Fourteen players from the minor league camp will join the Orioles on Saturday. Half will travel to Fort Myers for the split-squad game against the Red Sox, and half will stay

Orioles lineup (updated)

Cesar Izturis SS Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott 1B Matt Wieters DH Lou Montanez LF Craig Tatum C Justin Turner 2B Jeremy Guthrie RHP Ricky Romero is starting for the Blue Jays. Michael Aubrey says his injured groin is feeling better, but he's still day-to-day, with no target date for his return to the field. It's been a wasted

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 1

Miguel Abreu's bloop single with two outs in the ninth inning scored Pedro Florimon and prevented the Orioles from going hitless after Cesar Izturis' leadoff single in the first. Cla Meredith turned in another spotless performance today. He hasn't allowed a baserunner in five innings. No hits, no walks, no runs. "He's getting both right- and left-handed hitters out," manager Dave Trembley said. "For the

Berken on Berken (updated)

Travis Snider hit an opposite-field home run off Kam Mickolio in the fifth. Blue Jays 4, Orioles 0. Mickolio has walked three batters in two innings. Matt Wieters threw out Brad Emaus trying to steal in the fifth. The Orioles have one hit, Cesar Izturis' leadoff single in the first. Update: Fifteen straight Orioles were retired until Ty Wigginton walked to open the sixth. Still

Blue Jays take the lead (updated)

Jason Berken allowed three runs and four hits in the third inning. He also walked a batter. Alex Gonzalez lined a single into left field with one out. Jeremy Reed grounded a single into right and Nick Markakis overran the ball, allowing Gonzalez to score and Reed to take third base. Randy Ruiz walked on four pitches and Brian Dopirak lifted a sacrifice fly. Back-to-back

Berken's workin' (updated)

Jason Berken threw 12 of his 13 pitches for strikes and escaped a two-on, no-out jam in the first inning. Jarrett Hoffpauir reached on an error by left fielder Jonathan Tucker, who couldn't hold onto a sinking liner, and Alex Gonzalez followed with a broken-bat single into center field. Jeremy Reed struck out, Randy Ruiz popped to short and Brian Dopirak grounded to second. Cesar

Pre-game Trembley

Mike Gonzalez is scheduled to throw one inning against the Phillies on Friday. Felix Pie threw and hit again today and will play in one of the intrasquad games on Saturday. "He probably could play on Friday, but because it's a night game, I'll hold him back and play him on Saturday," manager Dave Trembley said. "I'm encouraged by both Gonzalez and Pie." Trembley won't

B-Rob update

Second baseman Brian Roberts will wait another day to determine whether the epidural had a positive effect on his back, consult with Dr. Lee Riley in Baltimore and proceed from there. Not much of an update, but it's all I've got. "I'm just waiting a day or two to see what the results are," he said. "Not a whole lot different yet. "I had an

Gonzo almost a go

Closer Mike Gonzalez threw a bullpen session this morning and expects to pitch in Friday's game in Clearwater. "A couple batters came up and I tried to let it go a little bit," he said. Gonzalez, who has been dealing with tightness in his lower back, will play light catch tomorrow. "It's just little nagging aches," he said. "I've got to get it out."

Free your mind and the rest will follow

The rain is coming down hard here, but it's expected to stop before the first pitch is thrown. Just a morning shower, or so we're told. I'm savoring a rare morning at Ed Smith Stadium. We travel to Dunedin tomorrow and Clearwater on Friday and Sunday. The Orioles also play a split-squad game in Fort Myers on Saturday, but I'll cover the Sarasota game. Former

Orioles lineup

Cesar Izturis SS Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Matt Wieters C Miguel Tejada 3B Nolan Reimold DH Garrett Atkins 1B Ty Wigginton 2B Jonathan Tucker LF Jason Berken RHP Felix Pie remains out of the lineup with some soreness in his left shoulder. He hit off a tee and threw yesterday, and will consult today with head athletic trainer Richie Bancells. "It feels much

Johnson returned to Orioles (with quotes added)

While I was driving back from Fort Myers, the Orioles announced that pitcher Steve Johnson has been returned to the organization by the San Francisco Giants. Johnson has been assigned to Double-A Bowie and will report to the minor league camp. The Giants selected Johnson in the Rule 5 draft in December, costing them $50,000 in the process. The Orioles pay half that amount to

Post-game Trembley

Josh Perrault picked up the save in the Orioles' 3-1 victory, their third win in a row. Danny Valencia doubled over the head of center fielder Jeff Salazar, who froze on the ball before breaking late, but Perrault retired the last two batters. Salazar ended the game with a diving catch in right-center field to rob Juan Portes. As always, manager Dave Trembley met with

Strange day for Sarfate

Dennis Sarfate didn't allow a hit in the eighth inning, but the Twins scored a run to reduce the Orioles' lead to 3-1. Sarfate threw two wild pitches, the first as he recorded a strikeout and the ball got past catcher Caleb Joseph. He also committed a balk and issued a walk. The run scored on Drew Butera's ground ball to short. Sarfate struck out

Quick game update (with Hernandez quotes added)

Chad Moeller just clubbed a two-run homer off Clay Condrey in the top of the seventh to increase the Orioles' lead to 3-0. Koji Uehara tossed a scoreless fifth and Will Ohman was perfect in the sixth, though he needed some defensive help. Robert Andino made a nice play at short to retire Joe Mauer, and Jeff Salazar made another running catch near the warning

Updating Hernandez (with two updates)

David Hernandez has given the Orioles three scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out two. He's also walked a batter. Ben Revere lined a single up the middle leading off the third inning, but Orlando Hudson grounded into a 6-3 double play, with shortstop Robert Andino fielding the ball with one foot on the bag. Joe Mauer singled to center, but Michael Cuddyer flied

If you're wondering about Wieters... (updated)

Matt Wieters' work schedule is about to gain a few more pounds. It's getting heavier. Wieters caught Kevin Millwood today, as I mentioned earlier. He'll catch tomorrow, serve as the designated hitter on Thursday and catch back-to-back games over the weekend, as I mentioned earlier. So why am I writing about him again? Because he's 1-for-13 this spring, which prompted me to ask manager Dave

Meanwhile, back in Sarasota...

Kevin Millwood made it through five innings in today's intrasquad game at Ed Smith Stadium, taking a shutout into his last frame before surrendering three runs. He threw 88 pitches, 56 for strikes. Millwood allowed three hits, walked two and struck out seven. I'm told his curveball was outstanding. Millwood's fastball topped out at 88 mph. He usually sits in the low 90s. Brandon Waring

Twins lineup

Ben Revere CF Orlando Hudson 2B Joe Mauer C Michael Cuddyer 1B Jason Kubel DH Brendan Harris SS Danny Valencia 3B Jacque Jones LF Juan Portes RF Scott Baker RHP Mike Maroth, Clay Condrey, Jesse Crain, Pat Neshek and Jose Mijares also are available to pitch today. A reminder that Jason Berken makes his first spring start tomorrow. Brian Tallet starts for the Blue Jays.

This and that

Zach Britton was scheduled to go two innings in today's intrasquad game in Sarasota. Kevin Millwood allowed a hit and walk through two innings, striking out four consecutive batters. David Hernandez will be on a 50-pitch limit today in Fort Myers. Nolan Reimold will serve as the designated hitter again tomorrow, giving him consecutive starts. The club is hoping he'll get seven at-bats over the

Injury updates

Closer Mike Gonzalez, who's been bothered by some tightness in his lower back, continues to increase his workload and believes he's close to pitching again. "I feel much better," he said. "I did more activities yesterday and I'll do a little more today. I've been playing catch every day to keep my arm in shape. It's just a matter of getting back on the mound

Orioles lineup

Robert Andino SS Justin Turner 2B Nolan Reimold DH Luke Scott LF Lou Montanez RF Scott Moore 1B Josh Bell 3B Chad Moeller C Jeff Salazar CF David Hernandez RHP I had a tough call to make this morning. The Orioles are in Fort Myers for another game against the Twins, hopefully without the rain that soaked their last meeting, but the club's also playing

Moeller-ing it over

Again, a real reach. I admit it. I'm tired from all the driving today. Have mercy on me. Chad Moeller caught Brian Matusz yesterday, so I sought his opinion on the rookie's performance and future in baseball. Me: "What did you think of the way he was throwing?" Moeller: "Good." Me: "What specifically was he doing that impressed you?" Moeller: "Throwing strikes." The veteran catcher's

Post-game Trembley

Opening statement: "Bergesen was better. He looked more comfortable. His slider will get better. He had good sink, but he'll get better when he gets a little more extension on his pitches. But he was improved. Tillman had too many three-ball counts. He was working on pitching in today, so that's why he was missing a little bit in there. He was working on just

Roberts update

Brian Roberts was examined by back specialist Dr. Lee Riley at Johns Hopkins and is heading back to Sarasota. "He's on a plane as we speak," president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said. MacPhail wouldn't confirm whether Roberts received an epidural for his lower back, which was anticipated yesterday once the club revealed that the second baseman was leaving camp. "Now we'll wait and see

Tillman on Tillman

Ross Wolf gave up back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Gil Velaquez grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game and give the Orioles their second straight victory, 8-4, over the Boston Red Sox. Chris Tillman evaluated his performance, which included a rare relief appearance. "It was a little different coming out of the bullpen. I

Tillman's day (updated)

Manager Dave Trembley went to his bullpen again in the bottom of the sixth, bringing in right-hander Frank Mata. I'm sure Trembley had other ideas for this game, but Chris Tillman only gave him 2 2/3 innings. Tillman is charged with two runs and four hits, including Josh Reddick's long blast. He walked three and struck out one. The unofficial count is 59 pitches, 29

Bergy on Bergy (updated twice)

Brad Bergesen said he felt a lot better today than his first outing. He lamented one bad pitch, a hanging slider to David Ortiz that resulted in a two-run homer. "As far as mechanics go, I felt much more smooth and much more like myself," he said. "I still don't feel quite where I need to be, but it's good that it's spring training right

You know it's spring training when...

...A guy sits on a bus for 90 minutes so he can throw one pitch. Cla Meredith replaced starter Brad Bergesen with two outs in the third inning and retired Adrian Beltre on a grounder to second. One pitch, one strike. Chris Tillman entered the game in the bottom of the fourth, and not because he's been bumped from the rotation. The rainout on Friday

Bergy's done for the day

David Ortiz hit a two-run homer to right field, where a strong wind is blowing out, and Brad Bergesen has come out of the game with two outs in the third inning and the Orioles leading, 5-2. Bergesen allowed five hits, walked one and struck out one. He threw 41 pitches, 27 for strikes. Victor Martinez singled with one out before Ortiz hit a towering

Bergy's second inning (updated twice)

Brad Bergesen needed only nine pitches, including seven strikes, to get through the second inning. His count stands at 30. Tug Hulett reached on a two-out bunt single, but Mike Cameron flied to right. Bill Hall grounded out to begin the inning, and Jeremy Hermida became Bergesen's first strikeout victim. Brandon Snyder hit a wind-blown ground-rule double in the top of the second, and Craig

Bergesen's first inning

The Boston Red Sox loaded the bases against Brad Bergesen without scoring. Mike Cameron grounded the first pitch to third baseman Justin Turner. Mike Lowell, playing for the first time this spring, followed with a single into right field. Victor Martinez flied to right on a 3-1 pitch, and David Ortiz got ahead, 3-0, before walking. J.D. Drew singled to right field, with Lowell holding

Trembley unplugged

Manager Dave Trembley understands why Troy Patton believes he could evolve into a reliever in this organization, with so many young starters ahead of him and jostling for position in the upper levels of the minors. But the left-hander's role won't undergo any immediate changes. "I brought that up early in the year in our meetings, if we could ever envision him being a guy

Pre-game nuggets

You can choose your own dipping sauce. David Hernandez, Koji Uehara and Dennis Sarfate are slated to pitch tomorrow against the Twins in Fort Myers. Kevin Millwood is scheduled to throw five innings in the B-squad game in Sarasota, with Jim Johnson going the last two. Matt Wieters will catch Millwood. Jason Berken will start Wednesday against the Blue Jays in Sarasota, followed by Kam

M. Hernandez injured

Michel Hernandez, who was competing for the backup catching job, will miss the next four to six weeks with a fractured right index finger. The competition is down to Chad Moeller and Craig Tatum. Hernandez suffered the injury while blocking a ball in the dirt. He got three at-bats Saturday in Tampa, but he couldn't throw the next day. X-rays revealed the fracture. Trembley said

Cuts like a knife

The Orioles optioned four players this morning and assigned three others to minor league camp. The Orioles optioned Brandon Erbe and Troy Patton to Triple-A Norfolk, and Luis Lebron and Chorye Spoone to Double-A Bowie. Armando Gabino, Chris George and Mike Hinckley were assigned to the minor league camp. You're "optioned" if you're on the 40-man roster. You're "assigned" if you're a non-roster invitee.

Pie update

The Orioles will be taking their swings against Tim Wakefield, Brian Shouse, Jonathan Papelbon and Hideki Okajima. Good luck. The club is expected to make some cuts this morning. Felix Pie said his left shoulder feels "much better." He'll do exercises today and attempt to hit and throw tomorrow before returning to the lineup. "The pain is almost gone," he said. Pie was diagnosed with

Orioles lineup

Jonathan Tucker CF Justin Turner 3B Lou Montanez LF Luke Scott DH Ty Wigginton 2B Jeff Salazar RF Brandon Snyder 1B Craig Tatum C Pedro Florimon SS Brad Bergesen RHP Also scheduled to pitch: Chris Tillman, Mark Hendrickson, Cla Meredith and Alfredo Simon. Not exactly the A lineup for this Fort Myers trip. Scott is the only player you could classify as a starter.

More post-game chatter

Manager Dave Trembley hasn't shown a hint of concern over the rotation's inability to reach its innings limit before today, but it had to be satisfying to sit in the dugout and watch Brian Matusz make it through the fifth. "It sets the tone," he said. "That's what the good ones do, they set the tone, and he did today. In order for us to

MacPhail talks about Roberts

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he isn't sure whether the latest news on Brian Roberts is a setback until the club hears from Dr. Lee Riley, a back specialist at Johns Hopkins, "but clearly our preference would be to have him out on the field." MacPhail repeated that he's alerted his scouts to be on the lookout for a potential replacement at second

Trembley tackles topics

Koji Uehara picked up the save in a 4-3 victory over the Phillies, getting a 9-3 double play to end it. Miguel Abreu, who keeps moving around, made the catch and throw in right field. Manager Dave Trembley said he planned to remove Nolan Reimold after two at-bats. It didn't happen because Reimold's Achilles forced him from the game. "Reimold ran much better yesterday. I

More Matusz on Matusz (updated)

Brian Matusz didn't know his pitch count when Rick Kranitz instructed him to go back out for the fifth inning. The plan was four innings. His count must have been low. "If I can keep getting ahead of hitters and doing that, I can go deep into games, and that's what's really important," he said. "I didn't have any three-ball counts today. I had a

Matusz on Matusz (updated)

Today's attendance: 8,092, a record for the largest baseball crowd at Ed Smith Stadium, breaking the mark of 8,088 set earlier this spring. I didn't think they could squeeze in four more people. Brian Matusz didn't realize that the Philies brought their A lineup to today's game until he heard it recited over the PA system. "I was warming up in the bullpen and I

Matusz done for the day

Kam Mickolio has replaced Brian Matusz to start the sixth inning. Matusz is charged with one run and three hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. He threw 57 pitches, 41 strikes. The Phillies' 4 through 8 hitters were a combined 0-for-10 with two strikeouts. That group includes Ryan Howard, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez and Shane Victorino. I'll pass along quotes from Matusz once he's

Matusz's fifth inning (updated twice)

Brian Matusz completed five innings today, easily the best performance by an Orioles starter this spring. Raul Ibanez flied to left on a 1-2 pitch. Shane Victorino and Juan Castro bounced to short on 2-2 pitches. Matusz threw 14 pitches, nine for strikes. He's thrown 57 pitches today, 41 for strikes. Does he come out for the sixth? The bullpen is stirring. Update: Josh Bell

Matusz's fourth inning

Brian Matusz finally gave up a run in the fourth inning on two hits. Jimmy Rollins doubled off the left field fence leading off the inning. He took third on Placido Polanco's fly ball to right and scored on Chase Utley's grounder into right on an 0-2 pitch. The ball wasn't hit hard, but it got through. Ryan Howard flied to right on the next

Matusz's third inning

Dominant. Brian Matusz retired Shane Victorino on a liner to center, struck out Juan Castro on a high fastball and retired Dane Sardinha on a fly ball near the left field line. Nine pitches, seven strikes. Dominant. Matusz has faced the minimum number of batters through three innings, throwing 22 of 33 pitches for strikes. And he's doing it against the Phillies' A team, except

Matusz's second inning

An Orioles starter might actually reach his innings limit instead of his pitch limit. Brian Matusz has given them two scoreless, throwing 15 of his 23 pitches for strikes. He retired the side in order in the second on 12 pitches, getting a called third strike on Raul Ibanez to end the frame. Ryan Howard lined to Miguel Tejada, who caught the ball at his

Matusz's first inning

Brian Matusz allowed a hit, but also got a double-play ball in a scoreless first inning. Most impressive, he only needed 11 pitches - seven for strikes. Jimmy Rollins popped to second before Placido Polanco lined a single into center field. Chase Utley fell behind 0-2 and hit a hard one-hopper to Robert Andino, who flipped to second to start the double play. The Orioles

Phillies lineup

Jimmy Rollins SS Placido Polanco 3B Chase Utley DH Ryan Howard 1B Jayson Werth RF Raul Ibanez LF Shane Victorino CF Juan Castro 2B Dane Sardinha C Kyle Kendrick RHP Yes, that Juan Castro. Third base coach Sam Perlozzo embraced Mike Bordick behind the batting cage. I only got a smile and a wave.

Roberts leaving team (updated)

Brian Roberts is flying back to Baltimore later today to receive an epidural as the latest procedure to alleviate the discomfort caused by a herniated disk in his back. Epidural injection is the administration of medication into the epidural space. It's used to treat swelling, pain, and inflammation associated with neurological conditions that affect nerve roots, such as a herniated disk and radiculopathy. Roberts, who

Missing manager

Orioles manager Dave Trembley won't meet with reporters this morning because he's heading to Pirate City for the B-squad game in Bradenton. We'll have to wait until after today's game against the Phillies to get our first comments from him. The Orioles are playing a seven-inning intrasquad game Tuesday morning. Kevin Millwood and Jim Johnson are scheduled to pitch. I'm assuming it's closed to the

Aubrey alert

Anybody know what happened to the hour that I lost this morning? I'm searching for it like a contact lense. I had the joyous task of checking on Michael Aubrey's groin a few minutes ago. Still think I have the best job in the world? Aubrey said the area "tightened up" as he left the batter's box after lining a single in his first at-bat

Orioles lineup

Cesar Izturis SS Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Garrett Atkins 1B Nolan Reimold LF Josh Bell DH Chad Moeller C Robert Andino 2B Brian Matusz LHP Also scheduled to pitch: Will Ohman, Wilfrido Perez, Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara and Kam Mickolio.

Post-game notes

The Yankees didn't score against Alfredo Simon in the bottom of the ninth. Michael Aubrey came out of the game after one at-bat, a single in the second inning, because of some soreness in his groin. He notified manager Dave Trembley, who sent up a pinch-hitter. "He said coming out of the box he felt something, so I got him out," Trembley said. Trembley said

Quick game update (updated)

Ty Wigginton and Lou Montanez are each 2-for-3. Wigginton drove in two runs with his second home run of the spring, and his average is up to .353. Montanez is batting .333. Josh Bell hit into a double play in the eighth, but only because shortstop Ramiro Pena made a diving stop in the hole and threw from his knees to second base. You'll probably

You know it's spring training when...

...Adam Jones is lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning with the potential go-ahead run coming to the plate. Jonathan Tucker batted for Jones with runners on first and second, one out and the Orioles' trailing, 5-3. He hit into a force, barely beating the throw to first base. Blake Davis, batting for Cesar Izturis, bounced to short. Jeff Salazar stood on deck as

Guthrie's done (updated twice)

Jeremy Guthrie faced one batter in the fourth inning, retiring Ramiro Pena on a fly ball to center. He threw three pitches, leaving his total at 63 for the day. Forty-one were strikes. Jason Berken has replaced Guthrie, who's charged with four runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. That's the longest outing by an Orioles starter this spring. Guthrie has allowed five runs

Guthrie's third inning (updated twice)

This is more like it. Jeremy Guthrie needed only eight pitches to dispose of the Yankees in the third inning. Seven of them were strikes. Randy Winn grounded an 0-2 pitch to second base, Juan Miranda lined to right and Brandon Laird flied to shallow center. Guthrie has thrown 60 pitches, 39 for strikes. He's allowed four runs and eight hits, with one walk and

Guthrie's second inning

Jeremy Guthrie surrendered another run in the second inning. He threw 16 pitches, 10 for strikes. Guthrie gave up singles to the first three batters - one ball nicking Cesar Izturis' glove, another bouncing through the hole on the right side of the infied, and another almost taking Guthrie's head off. Jorge Posada's single gave New York a 4-2 lead, but Ty Wigginton backhanded Robinson

Guthrie's first inning (updated)

Today's game will go a full nine innings, no matter the score. The Yankees will bat in the bottom half. The first five batters reached against Jeremy Guthrie in the first inning, and the Yankees took a 3-0 lead. Guthrie walked the leadoff hitter, Brett Gardner, with the count full, and Nick Johnson followed with a run-scoring double over left fielder Lou Montanez's head. Jorge

Berken up the right tree

If you're prone to obsessing over spring training records, the rebuilding Indians are 5-0. They're the only unbeaten team in the Cactus League. The offensively challenged Giants are 8-2. The Royals are 4-3. The Dodgers are 2-4. The Angels are 2-5. The Rays are 9-1 in the Grapefruit League, their only loss coming against the Orioles in the opener. Final score: 12-2. The Blue Jays

Pre-game notes

Jeremy Guthrie is scheduled to go four innings today. The Orioles might schedule an intrasquad game for Tuesday in Sarasota to provide more innings for their pitchers. Felix Pie could return to the lineup by Monday or Tuesday. He's dealing with a sore left shoulder. "It's more from lifting weights than it is anything else - throwing or swinging a bat," manager Dave Trembley said.

Yankees lineup

Brett Gardner CF Nick Johnson DH Jorge Posada C Robinson Cano 2B Curtis Granderson LF Randy Winn RF Juan Miranda 1B Brandon Laird 3B Ramiro Pena SS Javier Vazquez RHP The Phillies will use the following pitchers for tomorrow's game against the Orioles in Sarasota: Kyle Kendrick Andrew Carpenter Sergio Escalona

Patton pending

Scott Moore is feeling under the weather this morning. And the weather is really nice today - sunny and warm. Moore is moving slowly through the clubhouse and looking like he needs a long nap. Troy Patton has appeared in one game this spring, allowing a solo home run to former Pirates first-rounder Tony Sanchez in the March 5 game in Sarasota. He also struck

Orioles lineup

Adam Jones CF Cesar Izturis SS Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Ty Wigginton 2B Lou Montanez LF Michael Aubrey DH Jeremy Guthrie RHP The Triple-A and Double-A guys are arriving today. I just saw pitchers Jim Miller, Jim Hoey and Ryohei Tanaka in the parking lot. Miller said his shoulder feels great and he likes the way the

Pitching updates (updated)

You already know that Jeremy Guthrie is starting tomorrow's game against the Yankees in Tampa, but we had some uncertainty over the bullpen because of the rainout. Alfredo Simon, Jason Berken, Cla Meredith, Matt Albers and Alberto Castillo also are making the trip. Brian Matusz starts Sunday against the Phillies, followed by Jim Johnson, Koji Uehara, Kam Mickolio and Will Ohman. Jake Arrieta starts the

Fallout from the rainout

Team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens examined Brian Roberts this morning and prescribed more anti-inflammatory medication. The club will wait a few days to see how his back and stomach respond to it. The Orioles will play a seven-inning B-squad game against the Marlins tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Ed Smith Stadium. Mark Hendrickson will start, followed by Mike Gonzalez, Dennis Sarfate, Kam Mickolio, Mike Hinckley

No game today

The Orioles-Marlins game at Ed Smith Stadium has been cancelled due to rain. They don't make up exhibition games, so we're not using the term "postponed." We'll pretend it never appeared on the schedule. Fans can exchange their tickets for any remaining game at the stadium, subject to availability, or obtain a refund. You can get a refund by sending the original tickets via certified

Marlins lineup and update

It's still raining, and I hear thunder rumbling in the distance. The Marlins are heading here from Jupiter, but they might be turning around and going back. Meanwhile, third base at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers has been turned into a child's wading pool. Here's the Marlins lineup: Chris Coghlan LF Emilio Bonifacio CF Hanley Ramirez SS Jorge Cantu 3B Dan Uggla 2B Cody Ross

Orioles lineup

Adam Jones CF Cesar Izturis SS Matt Wieters C Miguel Tejada 3B Ty Wigginton 2B Michael Aubrey 1B Lou Montanez LF Scott Moore DH Jeff Salazar RF Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Rainy days and Fridays

It's been pouring for most of the night and morning, and it's difficult to imagine this game being played later today. I'm not saying it won't happen. Nothing is official. But the forecast is bleak and the field already is drenched. I'll venture inside the clubhouse in about 15 minutes to grab the lineup and check on second baseman Brian Roberts. And I'll let you

Post-game Trembley

The game ended with two outs in the eighth inning and the Twins ahead, 8-3. Next up: The sprint to the car. I'll leave you with some final words from manager Dave Trembley. "We got Millwood's pitch count up, but he's not where he's going to be when the season starts. He's making progress, but we've got to do better," Trembley said. "Koji was a

Quick game update (corrected)

Juan Portes hit a two-run homer off David Hernandez in the eighth inning to increase Minnesota's lead to 8-3, and the sky opened up as manager Dave Trembley left the dugout. It's an absolute downpour. Chris George is swimming to the mound. The Orioles scored twice in the top of the eighth on singles by Justin Turner, Miguel Abreu and Jonathan Tucker, and a double-play

Millwood: "I stink in spring training"

Kevin Millwood broke the news to Orioles pitching coach Rick Kranitz after tonight's start. Just a little heads-up, in case Kranitz was wondering. The numbers aren't going to be pretty. Look past them. Kranitz didn't need the warning. This isn't his first rodeo. "I stink in spring training. I'm not a good spring training pitcher," Millwood said after allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Millwood's finally done

Kevin Millwood left the game with two outs in the third after J.J. Hardy singled on the right-hander's 60th pitch, and his 35th strike. Wilfrido Perez stranded the runner after walking Nick Punto, so that ERA's coming down. It's settled at 29.70 through two starts. Millwood was charged with five runs and nine hits. He walked one and struck out two. We'll head downstairs to

Millwood's second inning (updated three times)

I already used the "fifth pitch" joke, so I won't go there again. The Twins jumped all over Kevin Millwood in the second, beginning with Michael Cuddyer's leadoff homer and continuing with back-to-back singles by Jason Kubel and Delmon Young, a one-out triple from No. 9 hitter Nick Punto and a scorching liner by Denard Span that would have carried Robert Andino's glove to the

Millwood's first inning (updated)

Does Kevin Millwood have a fifth pitch? OK, seriously, he gave up a run and two hits in the first inning, but he induced a double-play bouncer from Justin Morneau and returned to the dugout after throwing 14 pitches (nine for strikes). That's much better than his debut, when he allowed six runs and seven hits to the Tigers in two-thirds of an inning. Denard

Twins lineup and assorted stuff

As I sit in the press box at Hammond Stadium, I'm reminded that it's supposed to rain tonight. That's because the top of my head just brushed against a gray cloud. We're pretty high up. And the clouds are pretty gray. The wind is strong enough to lift the batting cage and carry it to the Red Sox's complex down the road. Popups will be

Orioles lineup (with pitchers added)

The independent York Revolution has signed former Orioles pitcher Matt Riley, the once-troubled phenom who's trying to make a comeback after being out of baseball last year. Says so right here. Riley has blown out his elbow three times. He underwent two ligament-reconstructive procedures and reportedly tried experimental prolotherapy injections in 2006 to avoid a third surgery. Hasn't everyone? Riley was one of my favorite

Luke out below

I also considered, "You can Luke, but you better not touch." The Orioles have added a B-squad game to their exhibition schedule at 10 a.m. Sunday in Bradenton. They also play the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. in Sarasota. No further details are available at the moment, but it's one way to get more innings and at-bats for certain players. And speaking of at-bats, Luke Scott

Workin' on our night moves

What's better than one night game this week? Try two of them. We're going back-to-back with tonight's trip to Fort Myers, where the Orioles play the Minnesota Twins. Kevin Millwood will try to erase his first start from our minds. The Tigers sent 11 batters to the plate, and Millwood allowed six runs and seven hits in two-thirds of an inning. Millwood said he was

Orioles 3, Pirates 2

Matt Albers stranded the tying run at second base to pick up the save. Great job by the bullpen with 7 2/3 scoreless innings (Luis Lebron let an inherited runner score after replacing Brad Bergesen). "We pitched real well," manager Dave Trembley said. "Bergesen in the first inning was very good with the ground balls. Second inning, he got underneath some pitches. But we got

You know it's spring training when... (updated)

...Rhyne Hughes is your leadoff hitter. Hughes replaced Felix Pie in left field, and atop the order. He came to the plate with runners on the corners and none out in the seventh and struck out. Hughes has four hits in 11 at-bats, with three homers, six RBIs and four runs scored. He's also struck out five times. Manager Dave Trembley made wholesale changes in

Bergy on Bergy

Jason Berken retired six of the seven batters he faced, including a strikeout. He allowed a two-out single to Ryan Doumit in the third. Mark Hendrickson replaced him in the fifth with the Orioles leading, 3-2. Berken hasn't surrendered a run in three appearances covering four innings this spring. Brad Bergesen's shoulder felt good tonight. No problem with the shin, either. He just couldn't throw

Bergesen's night (updated)

Brad Bergesen was removed with one in the second inning and the Orioles leading, 3-1. Steve Pearce lined Bergesen's 35th pitch into left field for a single, bringing manager Dave Trembley from the dugout. The last three batters reached on a walk, Pedro Alvarez's RBI double to right-center field and Pearce's single, which put runners on the corners. Luis Lebron has entered the game. Bergesen's

Bergesen's back

I mean he's returned to the rotation. He's not experiencing back pain. Brad Bergesen allowed one hit in a scoreless first inning, throwing nine of his 17 pitches for strikes. Bergesen fell behind 3-1 to the leadoff hitter, Andrew McCutchen, and 3-0 to Bobby Crosby before retiring them on bouncers to short. Garrett Jones fell behind 0-2 before lining a double to right-center field, the

Pre-game Trembley

Not much to report from manager Dave Trembley's pre-game media session. We already knew that the club is looking for two innings or 35 pitches from right-hander Brad Bergesen. "Whichever comes first," Trembley said. The Orioles will reevaluate Brian Roberts tomorrow and try to get him back on the field. "We're hoping that," Trembley said. "That would be nice." Trembley wouldn't elaborate when I asked

Pirates lineup

I'll go on record right now as saying I'm not terribly impressed with Bradenton, or the person who insisted that the drive from Sarasota would take 15 minutes. It's a little sketchy around here. (I'm only saying this so the Bradenton Chamber of Commerce will treat me to dinner.) I already said my goodbyes to Jeff Zrebiec and Peter Schmuck because I don't like our

Cover me

Matt Wieters walked to his locker this afternoon without a photographer tailing him. It's been a slow day. Wieters referred to his Sports Illustrated cover shot as "a great honor." He's also prepared to grab some extra copies for family members. "Whatever they want, I'll get for them," he said, adding that he'd like a framed copy. Wieters doesn't fear the SI cover jinx. "It's

Roberts: "I'm not concerned about missing Opening Day yet."

Brian Roberts said his stomach is feeling a lot better, though he's uncertain whether he had a reaction to medication or a virus, and he's hoping to resume baseball-related activities tomorrow. "I don't really have a timetable for sure yet," he said. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail expressed some concern about Roberts' herniated disk and the delay in getting him into the lineup. Is

Orioles lineup

Felix Pie LF Cesar Izturis SS Adam Jones CF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott 1B Ty Wigginton DH Lou Montanez RF Justin Turner 2B Brad Bergesen RHP Along with the other pitchers I mentioned earlier today, the Orioles also will bring Jason Berken, Brandon Erbe, Luis Lebron, Frank Mata, Josh Perrault and Ross Wolf.

Flanny on board (with quotes)

Former Orioles pitcher, pitching coach and executive Mike Flanagan is returning to the MASN broadcast booth. The network announced that Flanagan will replace Buck Martinez as an analyst. He'll work the games that Jim Palmer misses, which is approximately half of the schedule. It's nice to collect Cy Young winners. "I'm excited about being back and look forward to working with MASN to make it

Second to none

If the Orioles look outside the organization for a second baseman to replace Brian Roberts, they'll need to scan the rosters of the other teams. The middle infield shelves are bare in the free-agent market. If you check mlbtraderumors, you'll find the following players listed at the two positions: Second basemen: None Shortstops: None Must be brothers. Julio Lugo, Delwyn Young, Ramon Vazquez, Augie Ojeda,

The Bradenton Bunch

We have another night game, this time in Pirate City, which means the lineup won't be posted until 2 p.m. I'm told Bradenton is the shortest trip of the spring, about 15 minutes from the Orioles' complex. The Pirates worked out and dressed at their home site before heading here last week, but the Orioles will wait until they arrive at McKechnie Field. Brad Bergesen

Post-game notes and Trembley

Ryan Adams got his first at-bat since arriving at the major league camp. He struck out looking to begin the ninth inning in an 8-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Trust us, Ryan, it's not your fault. Tough day for Josh Bell. Besides two errors and a few poor throws, he also struck out to strand Lou Montanez at third base. Montanez has three

MacPhail: Renewals and Roberts

President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said he doesn't particularly care for the process of renewing players' contracts, but it's part of the system that's been around for a while. "I think we counted over 200 guys who have been renewed in this last CBA," he said. "If I could create my ideal system, this wouldn't be it, but this is just the way we

For whom the Bell tolls (updated)

Josh Bell is having a nightmarish day - if that's possible - at third base. And he's only played two innings since replacing Ty Wigginton in the top of the sixth. Bell has committed two errors and unleashed at least two bad throws. He bounced one in the seventh after making a nice stop on a sharp grounder, but the play was scored a hit.

Tillman on Tillman (updated twice)

Consecutive singles by Rhyne Hughes, Chad Moeller and Matt Angle have put another run on the board in the fifth. Tampa Bay 3, Orioles 2. Jake Arrieta is pitching the sixth. Update: Carlos Pena struck out looking to begin the inning, but Josh Bell's throwing error and a walk put Arrieta in hot water. Dioner Navarro and Reid Brignac followed with run-scoring singles, and Fernando

Moeller fights back (updated)

Not only did Chad Moeller throw out Carlos Pena trying to steal to end the top of the third, he homered off Jeff Niemann leading off the bottom half of the inning. Take that! Moeller's blast to left field increased the Orioles' home run total to 13. It also cut the Rays' lead to 2-1. Moeller has accounted for the Orioles' lone hit off Niemann

Another catcher might be jinxed (updated)

Forget Matt Wieters on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Chad Moeller might have been dealing with evil forces in the third inning. Carl Crawford reached on catcher's interference, stole second, moved to third on Moeller's throwing error and scored on Evan Longoria's sacrifice fly to give Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead. Moeller's throw skipped into center field. Carlos Pena walked, and manager Dave Trembley signaled

Tillman's slow start (updated)

Chris Tillman threw 20 pitches in the first inning, 12 for strikes, and fell behind, 1-0, to the Tampa Bay Rays. Sean Rodriguez led off with a single and scored one out later on Evan Longoria's double to left-center field. Nolan Reimold couldn't run down the ball on the warning track. A few reporters sitting in the press box believed Felix Pie would have caught

Mr. Jones and me (updated)

Adam Jones found out last week that the Orioles were renewing his contract for $465,000. Jones, who earned $435,000 last year, seems to be taking the news in stride. It may be more upsetting than he's showing, but I give him credit for not creating a controversy. "It's part of the process. You sign and play out this year," he said. "You keep it in-house.

Run for cover

The next issue of Sports Illustrated hits newsstands nationwide tomorrow, and you'll recognize the player on the cover. Matt Wieters better not believe in jinxes. Wieters is the subject of the cover story, written by Tom Verducci. No Oriole has appeared on the front of the magazine in more than 13 years, according to an SI spokesman. Verducci goes into great detail about how rare

Roberts temporarily shut down

Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts was confined to the trainers room today after taking medication on Sunday that upset his stomach. Roberts was prescribed a megadose pack, similar to a cortisone shot, to reduce the inflammation in his back caused by a herniated disk. His reaction to it forced the Orioles to eliminate his baseball-related activities for three days. Roberts began feeling ill last night.

Contract updates

Justin Turner and Robert Andino are taking ground balls at second base in early infield drills. No sign of Brian Roberts. The Orioles renewed the contracts of four players, including outfielders Adam Jones and Nolan Reimold, and catcher Matt Wieters. Jason Berken also is on the list. No substantial bumps for three of the better players on the team, who aren't arbitration-eligible, didn't voluntarily come

Keep on Nolan

Nolan Reimold played a few innings in left field in the intrasquad game, but he'll make his first start there in an exhibition game at 1:05 p.m. Set your watches. You can't stop the presses on a blog, but you can make a big deal over anything. "I heard it's supposed to be a sellout," Reimold said. Thanks for playing along, Nolan. I reminded him

Orioles lineup

Robert Andino 2B Nolan Reimold LF Nick Markakis RF Garrett Atkins 1B Ty Wigginton 3B Rhyne Hughes DH Chad Moeller C Matt Angle CF Pedro Florimon SS Chris Tillman RHP

A good Ohman

The role of situational left-hander might fit Will Ohman, but he'd rather not be typecast. Ohman has held lefties to a .204 average during his career, compared to a .260 average for right-handers. The Orioles signed him to a minor league contract, after expressing interest in him last winter without striking a deal, because they wanted him to compete for a spot in the bullpen

Feeling left out

Mike Hinckley was charged with two runs in two-thirds of an inning in today's 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Twins, the Orioles' fifth defeat in a row. He also gave up the winning run against the Tampa Bay Rays on a triple, two walks and a single. Hinckley allowed two runs in the intrasquad game, which don't count in the Grapefruit League stats. "Falling behind

Brian's song (updated)

Matt Wieters singled for his first hit in spring training. No need to panic. Koji Uehara threw another scoreless inning, giving up a bloop single on a popup that Robert Andino couldn't run down in shallow right field. Uehara threw 11 pitches, eight for strikes. That's 19 pitches in two outings. Mike Hinckley is struggling again. He gave up a run in the eighth to

Gonzalez on Gonzalez

Jim Johnson gave up a run in the fifth, extending the Twins lead to 3-0. Ben Revere tripled and Michael Cuddyer singled. Luke Scott just made another nice play at first, saving Scott Moore from a throwing error and getting the out. Mike Gonzalez worked on his changeup today, using it more than his first outing, and didn't miss high in the strike zone nearly

Gonzo scoreless; Scott at first

Closer Mike Gonzalez tossed a scoreless fourth inning, but he needed some help. Brendan Harris walked on four pitches and tried to score on Jacque Jones' double to deep center field. Adam Jones retrieved the ball and fired to shortstop Cesar Izturis, who threw to the plate. Luke Scott cut it off near the mound, which seemed like a poor decision at the time, but

Matusz's day

Brian Matusz ran up his pitch count in the first, but he retired the last seven batters he faced and came out after 2 2/3 innings. Matusz threw 46 pitches, 31 for strikes. He allowed two runs and three hits - all in the first - and struck out six. He didn't walk a batter. Matusz struck out Ben Revere swinging and Nick Punto looking

Matusz much better in second

This is more like it. Brian Matusz needed only 10 pitches to dispose of the Twins in the second inning, including one to retire Chris Parmelee on a popup. Luke Hughes struck out to open the inning, and Drew Butera closed it by bouncing to the mound. That's four stirkeouts for Matuesz. His pitch count is up to 36, including 24 strikes.

Matusz's first inning (updated)

Brian Matusz gave up two runs and three hits in the first inning to fall behind, 2-0, to the Minnesota Twins. The good news: He struck out the side. Ben Revere took a strike and doubled over the head of left fielder Felix Pie. Nick Punto struck out looking with the count full, but Michael Cuddyer singled to right-center field to score Revere. Jason Kubel

More nuggets from this morning

My favorite line of the day: After the success of the Michael Oher movie, Hollywood is making a film about Adam Terry's life called "The Hurt Blocker." Brian Matusz conferred with pitching coach Rick Kranitz this morning, as all the starters do, while formulating a plan for today's start against the Minnesota Twins. They'll decide whether he works on a certain pitch, as Kevin Millwood

Pre-game notes and Twins lineup

The Orioles will try to get 50 pitches out of Brian Matusz today, and he's expected to expand his selection after staying away from the curveball in his debut. Nolan Reimold will start in left field tomorrow. Justin Turner is expected to play tomorrow. Kevin Millwood turned in a quality side session today, according to manager Dave Trembley. Luke Scott will get another start at

Notes from the clubhouse

Justin Turner says his left foot feels "a lot better," but it's still heavily taped. He'll get a better read on his condition during batting practice - and if he can avoid the line drives. Brad Bergesen is scheduled to throw two innings or 35 pitches on Wednesday. "I feel good," he said. "The rehab and the progression has gone to their standards. I didn't

Orioles lineup

Felix Pie LF Adam Jones CF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott 1B Matt Wieters DH Lou Montanez RF Cesar Izturis SS Craig Tatum C Robert Andino 2B Brian Matusz LHP

Post-game Trembley

A wind-aided home run by catcher Mark Wagner in the ninth inning gave the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Orioles. David Hernandez took the loss. "His fastball was good," manager Dave Trembley said. "He got beat on his changeup." Trembley also praised Kam Mickolio and noted that starter Jeremy Guthrie "didn't have much feel for his secondary pitches. That's why he got

Sox take the lead

David Hernandez struck out the first two batters in the top of the ninth and got ahead of Mark Wagner, 1-2. Then it all went horribly wrong. Wagner reached out for a pitch and somehow drove the ball over the left field fence to give Boston a 5-4 lead. It wasn't a classic swing, but it worked.

We're tied (updated)

Armando Gabino gave up three runs in the top of the eighth inning and retired only one batter before manager Dave Trembley went to his bullpen again. Both teams have four runs and nine hits. David Hernandez has replaced Gabino, who came off the 40-man roster when the Orioles signed Mark Hendrickson. Angel Sanchez hit a two-run triple off Gabino. Update: Hernandez got the last

Guthrie on Guthrie (updated)

Miguel Abreu singled in the sixth inning, stole second and scored on Pedro Florimon's double. Orioles 4, Red Sox 1. Nice day for Abreu. I'll pass along some comments from Jeremy Guthrie: "I threw a lot of good pitches, I felt like that second inning, the umpire (John Hirschbeck) was back and forth. It was a strike one time, it was a ball another time.

In-game update (with update)

Mark Hendrickson tossed a perfect fourth inning, getting two fly balls and a sparkling defensive play from second baseman Miguel Abreu. Abreu made a diving stop and throw to retire Tug Hulett. He pumped his fist as the out was recorded, took the return throw from first baseman Garrett Atkins and whipped the ball into the Red Sox's dugout. You can't give him an error

Guthrie's done for the day

The Orioles let Jeremy Guthrie face one batter in the third, and he retired Victor Martinez on a fly ball to center. Guthrie is charged with one run and three hits in 2 1/3 innings, with two walks and two strikeouts. He threw 51 pitches, 29 for strikes. Left-hander Chris George has replaced Guthrie. The Orioles wanted Guthrie to get up one more time, which

Guthrie's second inning (updated three times)

The Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs on two singles and a walk, but they only scored once to tie the game. Jeremy Guthrie's pitch count is up to 46, including 27 strikes. Boston tied the game on Yamaico Navarro's chopper to third. Miguel Tejada ranged to his left and made a leaping stab before spinning and firing to first. Aaron Bates walked

Guthrie's first inning (updated)

Jeremy Guthrie threw 18 pitches in the first inning, nine for strikes. Guthrie struck out leadoff hitter Jacoby Ellsbury and cleanup hitter David Ortiz. In between he retired J.D. Drew on a fly ball to the warning track in right and gave up a single to Victor Martinez. If you're watching the game, did you notice that Ortiz looks a lot thinner this spring? Former

A few more notes

Hall of Famer Jim Palmer will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Ed Smith Stadium before Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Palmer also will sign autographs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the first 200 fans in line. Gates open at 11 a.m. Manager Dave Trembley was asked why the Orioles brought Ryan Adams here instead of another middle infielder. "He

Red Sox lineup and pre-game notes

For the Red Sox: Jacoby Ellsbury CF J.D. Drew RF Victor Martinez C David Ortiz DH Jeremy Hermida LF Jed Lowrie 3B Tug Hulett 2B Yamaico Navarro SS Aaron Bates 1B Clay Buchholz RHP Brad Bergesen completed another live batting practice session and is scheduled to start Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton. Mike Gonzalez is expected to pitch today for the Orioles,

Turner update

Justin Turner is moving gingerly through the clubhouse with his left foot wrapped after being hit by a Garrett Atkins line drive during batting practice before Friday night's game. Turner is hoping that he'll be cleared to play tomorrow. "It's getting better," he said. "It's still a little swollen. The swelling went down a little in my toes. Basically, I'll try to be as active

Middle infield depth

The Orioles have summoned infielder Ryan Adams from the minor league camp. He'll wear No. 96. If he gets into the game, he'll have to report as tackle-eligible. "It was actually a big surprise," said Adams, who batted .288 with 14 doubles, two homers and 25 RBIs in 59 games at Single-A Frederick last season. "They just pulled me off the field (yesterday) and told

Orioles lineup

For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Ty Wigginton DH Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott LF Garrett Atkins 1B Miguel Abreu 2B Cesar Izturis SS Jeremy Guthrie RHP

Rally falls short

The Orioles scored four runs in the ninth, the first two on another Rhyne Hughes home run, but the Tigers posted a 9-5 victory in Lakeland. Jeff Salazar followed Hughes' blast with a single, and Craig Tatum and Pedro Florimon walked before the Tigers yanked reliever Jay Sborz. Ground balls by Matt Angle and Miguel Abreu produced two more runs, but Michael Aubrey lined to

Reimold on Reimold

Nolan Reimold said he was seeing the ball well today. "Now I just have to hit it." Reimold isn't running at full speed, which was evident on his double-play grounder. "Normally, I would probably have beat that out, but I'm going to try to not hurt myself any more," he said. "If it was a regular-season game, I would probably have been full-go. I ran

A few updates

Nolan Reimold went 0-for-2, grounding to short and hitting into a double play, before Michael Aubrey replaced him as the designated hitter. Aubrey singled in his second at-bat of the spring (he flied out last night). Ty Wigginton is 2-for-3 with a home run and a throwing error. Aubrey and Blake Davis have the only other hits for the Orioles. Cla Meredith tossed a scoreless

Millwood on Millwood

Knowing that you don't have to compete for a spot on the team gives you the luxury of working on other pitches in the early weeks of spring training. The results don't really matter. Keep that in mind when examining Kevin Millwood's line today. Millwood went to his changeup more than usual, and it's his fourth-best pitch. "If I can get it to be just

Albers calms the storm

Matt Albers retired the first four batters he faced, getting three ground balls in the second inning, before Don Kelly led off the third with a single up the middle. Yes, we've only completed three innings. We're going to be here for a while. Albers got a fly ball, fielder's choice grounder and another fly ball, giving him 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of

Getting Wiggy with it

Ty Wigginton has hit the Orioles' 10th home run this spring. Wigginton led off the second inning with a blast onto the grassy hill beyond the fence in left-center field. He almost wiped out a sunbather. The Tigers lead, 6-1. Matt Albers got the final out in the bottom of the first by inducing a fly ball from Johnny Damon. The Tigers might have been

Millwood's "Welcome to the Orioles" moment (updated)

Kevin Millwood has faced one batter today and he's trailing, 1-0. Clete Thomas just took him deep on a 2-2 pitch, the ball clearing the fence in right field. Thomas likes hitting against the Orioles, if you'll recall. Felix Pie led off the top of the first inning with a scorching liner that Thomas ran down in right-center field. I thought the ball was going

Tigers lineup and pre-game chatter

For the Tigers: Clete Thomas CF Johnny Damon LF Magglio Ordonez RF Miguel Cabrera 1B Carlos Guillen DH Don Kelly 3B Alex Avila C Scott Sizemore 2B Ramon Santiago SS Justin Verlander RHP Manager Dave Trembley confirmed that the club has held discussions about adding a middle infielder to the camp roster. Brian Roberts still isn't ready to play, Justin Turner probably won't be available

Looking ahead

The Orioles play three straight home games after today before subjecting us to back-to-back night games in Bradenton on Wednesday and Fort Myers on Thursday. The Friday afternoon game against the Florida Marlins in Sarasota will be a tough turnaround, but that's why they have spring training. We're getting ready for a 162-game season. Jeremy Guthrie starts against the Boston Red Sox tomorrow. Mark Hendrickson,

Orioles lineup (with Snyder quotes)

Felix Pie LF Robert Andino 2B Nolan Reimold DH Ty Wigginton 3B Lou Montanez RF Brandon Snyder 1B Jeff Salazar CF Michel Hernandez C Blake Davis SS Kevin Millwood RHP A reminder that Reimold is scheduled to get two at-bats as the DH before Michael Aubrey replaces him. Aubrey received his first spring training at-bat last night and flied out in the eighth inning. Snyder

Post-game Trembley

Orioles manager Dave Trembley said he removed Brandon Snyder from the game as a precaution after the infielder was hit on the side of his left knee. "It's cold out here," Trembley said. "You get hit like that, get out of the game. He'll be fine." Trembley was especially impressed with two of the club's pitchers. "(Chris) Tillman showed three quality pitches. His fastball was

Snyder leaves game (updated)

Brandon Snyder came out of the game in the eighth inning after Pirates reliever Ramon Aguero drilled him in the left leg with two outs and the score tied. Snyder was in obvious pain as he hopped out of the batter's box and limped to first base. He bent at the waist as head athletic trainer Richie Bancells checked on him. Manager Dave Trembley later

Spoone's wild ride (with Lebron and Patton added)

It wasn't pretty, but the Orioles kept their lead. Chorye Spoone was wild in the sixth inning, walking the leadoff batter and almost drilling Ronny Cedeno. He totaled only six strikes among his 15 pitches. Jeff Salazar made a sliding catch of Cedeno's sinking liner and fired to second to double off Steve Pearce for the last out. He looked like Nick Markakis out there.

Arrieta breaks a sweat and loses a lead (updated)

Jake Arrieta loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning, gave up the tying run and threw 26 pitches. He was busy. Arrieta also struck out two, including Ryan Doumit to end the inning. Neal Walker walked and stole second with Chad Moeller behind the plate. John Raynor singled to left, Aki Iwamura struck out and Jose Tabata walked to fill the bases.

Tillman on Tillman (updated)

Chris Tillman threw mostly fastballs while retiring all six batters he faced with three strikeouts. He mixed in one cutter, to Jose Tabata, that missed down and in. That's the right spot if you're going to miss. He threw everything tonight and got the desired results. "I think it went real well," Tillman said. "I just wanted to locate my fastball tonight and they made

Jones give O's the lead; Gonzo's outing

I just returned to the press box after talking to Chris Tillman near the bullpen area. Adam Jones homered to right field off Daniel McCutchen to give the Orioles a 2-1 lead in the third inning. That's nine homers in three games for the Orioles. Mike Gonzalez allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the top of the third. He also struck

Tillman's second inning (updated)

Three up, three down. If you're doing the math, you know it's six up, six down for the night. Tillman fell behind, 3-1, to Ryan Doumit before getting a called third strike. He got two quick strikes on Steve Pearce and induced a slow bouncer to Miguel Tejada, who barehanded the ball and rifled the throw to first. Brandon Moss also fell behind, 0-2, went

Tillman's first inning

Chris Tillman struck out two batters in a routine first inning. Tillman fielded Aki Iwamura's tapper to the mound and made the throw to first. He ran the count full to Jose Tabata before striking him out on a high fastball. Garrett Jones fanned on three pitches. Tillman threw 12 of his 17 pitches for strikes. When he missed, he missed high with the fastball.

Leftover Trembley

On how he's privately and publicly criticized Matt Albers' conditioning: "I would just say I've been critical (laughing). Whether it's public or private, I've been critical. Let's not sugarcoat it." More on Albers: "What I'm more concerned about with Albers, and it's just like everybody else, pound the strike zone with the fastball, rediscover your sinker and get people out. That's what he needs to

Turner update

X-rays taken on Justin Turner's left foot were negative, and he's listed as day-to-day like the rest of us. Turner's injury is classified as a left foot contusion. You can call it a bruise if you prefer.

Quick updates (updated)

Cesar Izturis was sent back to the team hotel because of a sore throat. Blake Davis has replaced Justin Turner at second base. Turner took a line drive off his foot during batting practice, but he could enter the game later tonight. Brad Bergesen threw another live batting practice session, and has one more scheduled for Sunday. If he continues to feel good, he could

Pie says he's OK (updated twice)

The lineup that's posted in the clubhouse has Robert Andino playing shortstop, but the sheet that's been distributed lists Cesar Izturis. More on that later. Update: Izturis has been scratched with the flu. Felix Pie expects to start tomorrow's game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland after "stretching" his quad yesterday while legging out a triple. "It's good," he said. "I'm ready to go." Pie

Today's lineups

For the Orioles: Adam Jones CF Cesar Izturis SS Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott DH Garrett Atkins 1B Jonathan Tucker LF Justin Turner 2B Chris Tillman RHP For the Pirates: Aki Iwamura 2B Jose Tabata LF Garrett Jones RF Ryan Doumit C Steve Pearce 1B Brandon Moss DH Ronny Cedeno SS Neil Walker 3B John Raynor CF Zach Duke

While counting down the hours until the first pitch...

It's been 2 ½ weeks since I flew into Sarasota, and we're only two exhibition games deep into the Grapefruit League schedule. What have I learned so far? Brian Matusz has nasty stuff. Four pitches he can throw for strikes or use to make hitters look foolish. And he has a keen understanding of how to work them for someone so young. Are 15 wins

Friday night lights

Today feels different to me, probably because I'm not sitting in a trailer typing in the Orioles' lineup and wondering when the temperature might crack 60 degrees. We've got our first night game here and the clubhouse won't open to the media until 2 p.m. What will you do without me? I stayed in bed a little longer this morning, but not much. I didn't

Trembley on Pie

Manager Dave Trembley didn't sound too concerned about Felix Pie, who left the game in the third inning with an apparent leg injury. "When he came around second, I saw him grab his leg, and so when he got to third, Juan (Samuel) asked him how he was and he said it pinched a little bit, so I took him out of the game," Trembley

And we're tied (updated)

I moved down to the seats so I could get to the field after the final out and interview Dave Trembley. I might be here a while. Justin Turner homered to right field leading off the top of the ninth to tie the game, 5-5. He must not have gotten the memo about sportswriters hating extra innings in spring training. That's eight homers in two

Koji and more Matusz

Making his first appearance since June 23, Koji Uehara retired Tampa Bay in order on only eight pitches. He wasn't trying to dispose of the Rays that quickly. It just worked out that way. "It's been a while, so I was thinking about how I would throw, and I felt good," Uehara said through his interpreter. "I didn't try to finish in eight pitches. The

Matusz vs. Longoria

Brian Matusz got the best of Rays third baseman Evan Longoria in their 13-pitch battle in the first inning, striking him out on a changeup to end the first inning. It was an instant classic, and something you don't normally see in an exhibition game. Unfortunately for Matusz, he walked off the mound with his pitch count at 22 and didn't make it through the

While I was away...

I went down to the clubhouse area to interview Brian Matusz, and I missed Lou Montanez's two-run double in the top of the fifth. Kam Mickolio gave up a run in the bottom half, and the Rays are holding a 5-3 lead. Felix Pie was leaving the clubhouse as reporters finished talking to Matusz. He downplayed the leg injury, saying he felt fine and just

Short day for Koji (updated)

Manager Dave Trembley went to his bullpen again in the bottom of the fourth, bringing in left-hander Mark Hendrickson to start the inning. Koji Uehara was removed after one inning and eight pitches. I guess Trembley wanted him to leave on a high note. The Rays extended their lead to 3-1 on doubles by Evan Longoria and Pat Burrell. Right fielder Lou Montanez had trouble

Halfway to the cycle and hobbled (updated)

Felix Pie just tripled to the fence in left-center field, reaching third base without drawing a throw. All he needed was the single and double. The hardest work was out of the way. We didn't expect Pie to get two more at-bats in the second exhibition game, and it became a moot point when Matt Angle pinch-ran for him after two pitches were thrown to

Matusz's second inning

Jeff Niemann retired the side in order in the top of the second, with Brandon Snyder flying to deep center to end the inning. The Rays took a 2-1 lead against Brian Matusz in the bottom of the inning, with Sean Rodriguez homering on the left-hander's 36th pitch and ending his day. Carlos Pena reached on second baseman Blake Davis' error leading off the inning.

Matusz's first inning

Jeff Niemann retired the next three batters after Felix Pie's home run, bringing left-hander Brian Matusz to the mound in the bottom of the first inning. Matusz got two quick strikes on Gabe Kapler and struck him out on a changeup. One away. Matusz got two quick strikes on Carl Crawford and blew a fastball past him. Two away. Matusz got two quick strikes on

And so it continues...

Felix Pie has led off today's game with a home run over the right field fence. Pie drilled a 2-2 pitch from Rays starter Jeff Niemann. Gabe Kapler climbed the fence and came down with style points, but not the ball. That's seven home runs for the Orioles in nine innings, if my math is correct.

Rhyne Time

Rhyne Hughes said he didn't want to get noticed yesterday for the "wrong reasons." So he belted two home runs in the Orioles' exhibition opener against Tampa Bay. Way to overreact, Rhyne. "I know it's just one game, but it was nice to get off to a good start," he said earlier today. "I just tried to have a few good at-bats and put some

Talking to Trembley

Manager Dave Trembley just met with reporters behind the batting cage. Michael Aubrey is hitting in Sarasota today and could get an at-bat tomorrow night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He might join Nolan Reimold in Saturday's lineup, when the Orioles travel to Lakeland for their game against the Detroit Tigers. Trembley said he isn't concerned about Brian Roberts, who still doesn't have a date scheduled

Rays lineup

I made it to Charlotte Sports Park, but not before detouring through half the state because of an accident or some really intrusive construction. Here's the Tampa Bay Rays' lineup: Gabe Kapler RF Carl Crawford LF Evan Longoria 3B Carlos Pena 1B Pat Burrell DH Sean Rodriguez SS Kelly Shoppach C Reid Brignac 2B Fernando Perez CF Jeff Niemann RHP

Hernandez looks back on yesterday's game

David Hernandez's primary goal yesterday was to throw strikes. He fanned three batters and gave up a solo home run. That qualifies as throwing strikes. "My bullpens have been a little shaky. I haven't been able to do it in bullpen sessions, so yesterday was real good. It felt good," he said. "I wasn't sure how I was going to react going two innings my

Albers is innocent until proven guilty

I'll be heading to Port Charlotte around 9 a.m., which I'm told is no more than a 45-minute drive from the Sarasota complex. Because a few of you asked: Capacity at Ed Smith Stadium is 7,500. Still no firm date for Brian Roberts' exhibition debut. Roberts told me he'll continue with his present schedule, which includes live batting practice, infield drills and time spent in

Orioles lineup

Felix Pie CF Robert Andino SS Lou Montanez RF Ty Wigginton 3B Scott Moore DH Jeff Salazar LF Brandon Snyder 1B Craig Tatum C Blake Davis 2B Brian Matusz LHP

Next up: Brian Matusz

It's going to be the same drill for Brian Matusz tomorrow as the other starters making their first appearances in the Grapefruit League. Two innings or 35 pitches. Jeremy Guthrie completed two innings in 33 pitches before coming out of today's game. Now it's Matusz's turn. "I can't wait," Matusz said earlier today. "I'm really excited. In my last few sessions facing hitters, I was

Post-game Trembley

Plate umpire Paul Emmel warned both benches after Matt Albers drilled the leadoff hitter, Desmond Jennings, in the top of the ninth. Rays pitcher Luis De Los Santos hit Orioles minor league center fielder Matt Angle leading off the bottom of the eighth, which prompted Emmel to issue the warning after Albers gave the appearance that he was retaliating. Here's manager Dave Trembley on today's

Bell's big day

Here are some quotes from Josh Bell: "Sometimes you have one of those days. I feel good. I was just trying to hit the ball hard. It's a good day. I feel good, especially coming over after being with the Dodgers for five years and coming to an organization and being able to perform in front of everybody." The home run from the right side

Are you kidding me? (updated)

Rhyne Hughes has homered again. Hughes just blasted another two-run shot to score Jonathan Tucker and increase the Orioles' lead to 11-2 in the seventh. The Orioles are smacking around Rays pitcher Jason Cromer. And pretty much everyone else. Caleb Joseph just pinch-hit for Josh Bell and lined a single into center field. Lou Montanez added an RBI double in the eighth. The Orioles lead,

Guthrie and Tejada speak (updated)

Me: "How did you feel?" Guthrie: "I felt pretty good being out there." Me (thinking): "I waited an hour for this?" It was your standard opening question for the first exhibition start. I'll try to dial it up for his second one. "It's nice to be out there and mix in a few pitches," Guthrie said. "I tried to keep the fastball down as much

Ring my Bell (updated)

Josh Bell has homered from both sides of the plate today, following a two-run shot by Rhyne Hughes with a blast to left field to give the Orioles a 7-1 lead in the sixth inning. It's been a great day for Bell. Not so much for Tampa Bay pitcher Heath Phillips. Jonathan Tucker scored on Hughes' home run after walking and stealing second. Bell stepped

Markakis making his mark (updated)

Nick Markakis' power displays aren't confined to batting practice. Markakis followed his double in the fourth inning with a home run off Heath Phillips in the fifth to increase the Orioles' lead to 4-1. The ball slammed off the high screen beyond the 400-foot sign in center field. It wasn't a cheapie. Markakis lined to left field in the first inning. Three quality at-bats in

Building on their lead (updated)

Josh Bell picked up his second RBI with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning, increasing the Orioles' lead to 3-0. Nick Markakis led off with a double and Miguel Tejada singled to put runners on the corners. Markakis was tagged out in a rundown after Matt Wieters bounced to first, but Luke Scott singled up the middle to score Tejada. Garrett Atkins singled to

The Bell tolls

Josh Bell just gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the third inning with a leadoff homer off Matt Garza. Bell launched the ball over the right-center field fence. It was an impressive blast.

It's too early to worry (updated)

Garrett Atkins batted once in the intrasquad game and struck out on three pitches. Atkins came to the plate with one out in the second inning today and grounded into a double play. It's still early. It's only two at-bats. It's just not the start that he wanted. Luke Scott walked before Atkins came to the plate, giving the Orioles two baserunners in two innings.

Guthrie's second inning

Jeremy Guthrie has thrown 33 pitches through two scoreless innings, 22 for strikes, and we'll assume that he's reached the limit. Guthrie walked Matt Joyce to begin the second inning, but he struck out Kelly Shoppach on three pitches. Catcher Matt Wieters threw out Joyce trying to steal for the second out. Dan Johnson struck out swinging, and Guthrie was back in the dugout. Matt

Tejada stakes his claim at third (updated)

The first ball put into play found Miguel Tejada at third base. Tejada slid to his left to snag Jason Bartlett's sharp bouncer and fired to first for the out. Didn't he used to be a shortstop? Miguel Tejada talks about his transition from shortstop to third base Dioner Navarro singled to left off Jeremy Guthrie, bringing Ben Zobrist to the plate. Luke Scott got

A few more notes

The game notes list Jeremy Guthrie, Matt Albers, Will Ohman, Dennis Sarfate, Cla Meredith, David Hernandez and Alberto Castillo as available pitchers. Brian Matusz starts tomorrow against the Rays in Port Charlotte, with Koji Uehara and Mark Hendrickson also scheduled to pitch. I'm sure more names will be added to the list. Tampa Bay will start Jeff Niemann. The Orioles get Pittsburgh's Zach Duke on

Spoone-fed a blog entry (w/Rays lineup added)

Chorye Spoone won't get a true read on his velocity or the effectiveness of his sinker until he faces more batters, but he believes that his command is actually better than before his shoulder surgery. "I was able to work on my mechanical issues so I could throw without pain. And I'm throwing more strikes now than I did before," he said. Spoone had a

Reimold and Bergesen

Nolan Reimold said he'll "ease" his way into the lineup as part of his progression and described the feeling in his Achilles as "an expected soreness." "It's nothing to be worried about," he said. "You don't want to overdo it. You never know what could happen. Better safe than sorry." Reimold said he's still trying not to run at "full full speed." Meanwhile, Brad Bergesen

Pregame notes

Still no wireless here, but at least it's raining. It began to drizzle as reporters met with manager Dave Trembley in front of the dugout. No, my mood hasn't improved. Felix Pie will start tomorrow. Don't read anything into his exclusion from today's lineup. "I can only play nine guys at one time," Trembley said. Nolan Reimold won't make his first start until Friday or

Can't catch a break

The wireless isn't working in the ballpark today. My Verizon wireless card isn't programmed for my new laptop that was shipped here a few days ago. And I can no longer file blog entries on my BlackBerry, for whatever reason. Welcome to the first exhibition game. We're told that Comcast is working on the wireless issue. Why doesn't that make me feel any better? If

Orioles lineup

Adam Jones CF Cesar Izturis SS Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Luke Scott LF Garrett Atkins 1B Josh Bell DH Justin Turner 2B Jeremy Guthrie RHP

If you're attending tomorrow's game...

The ballpark opens to the public at 11 a.m. for the 1:05 p.m. exhibition opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. You can watch batting practice and the pre-game preparations. Work on that tan, too, while you're at it. Tickets are still available by visiting www.orioles.com, calling 1-888-329-3365 or stopping by the Ed Smith Stadium box office. All five Sarasota County Commissioners - Joe Barbetta, Carolyn

Cleaning out my notebook

During manager Dave Trembley's post-workout session with reporters, I asked if he was looking forward to the first exhibition game. The answer won't shock you. "Everybody's anxious to get spring training games underway," Trembley said. "We've had some good practices. It will be great to get it going. It's just another part of the spring and another phase - the games, the trips. Get an

So, do you like...stuff?

Players love taking batting practice against Mike Bordick. Brian Roberts had some healthy cuts against him, and Nick Markakis and Miguel Tejada took turns launching balls over the fence. It was an impressive power display. I updated Michael Aubrey's situation in my last entry. Here's more from manager Dave Trembley: "Obviously, you know that was not a baseball-related issue. It was a medical issue, something

Pitching in

Matt Albers and Will Ohman will follow Jeremy Guthrie to the mound in tomorrow's exhibition opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium. Brian Matusz starts Thursday's game against the Rays in Port Charlotte. He'll be followed by Koji Uehara and Mark Hendrickson. Two games against the Rays in two days? Now I miss the Cardinals and Marlins. Actually, the Orioles are back

The news on Hughes

Rhyne Hughes isn't a stranger to the outfield, but he needs another introduction. Hughes said he played the outfield at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi, but not during his five years in Tampa Bay's system. He was strictly a first baseman, but the Orioles signed Garrett Atkins over the winter and also have Brandon Snyder and Michael Aubrey on the 40-man roster. Scott Moore,

The one Jake

Jake Arrieta chose to view the one hit he allowed in yesterday's intrasquad game as a positive. It actually worked to his advantage. Cesar Izturis doubled off Arrieta with one out in the first inning after Felix Pie flied to left field. Arrieta retired the next two batters on ground balls and returned to the dugout. "I felt great," he said. "I actually did most

Moeller's scouting report

We were subjected to a heavy rainstorm early this morning. The black clouds continue to loom and the fields are soaked. We're waiting to find out whether the Orioles' workout will be confined to the covered batting and pitching cage. Chad Moeller caught Jake Arrieta, Jim Johnson and Luis Lebron in yesterday's intrasquad game. Here's his take on each pitcher: Arrieta - "I love Jake's

Some leftover Trembley

On Garrett Atkins: "Is willing to work. Likes it. Has been early in the cage with Crow. Looks comfortable at first base. He's going to be a good player for us. It's a new league, but he's played first base before. Probably not on an everyday basis, but that's what he'll do here." On playing an intrasquad game: "It's another phase of the routine. It's

Black Team 6, Orange Team 5 (with quotes added)

Brandon Erbe gave up an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie, and Alfredo Simon retired Justin Turner on a sharp grounder to the mound to strand two runners and end the game. Rhyne Hughes dropped a fly ball in left field, and a wild pickoff throw to third base from catcher Luis Bernardo put the Black Team

Tillman talks about his outing

The Black Team's Robert Andino hit a two-run homer off Josh Perrault in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game, 5-5. Chorye Spoone gave up a run in the fifth, reducing the Orange Team's lead to 5-3, but I was in the clubhouse and nobody is keeping a scorebook on an intrasquad game, so I can't pass along any details. Here's what

Ugly fourth inning

It's a good thing this is an intrasquad game and not the home opener against Toronto. The Orioles halted the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs because Troy Patton reached his pitch limit. Rhyne Hughes had a two-run single, Pedro Florimon had an RBI single and Craig Tatum increased the Orange Team's lead to 5-2 with a sacrifice fly. We have two more

No defense for that inning

The Black Team committed three straight errors in the bottom of the third inning with Luis Lebron on the mound. Luis Bernardo struck out looking to begin the inning. Felix Pie reached on an infield hit and took second on Robert Andino's errant throw. Blake Davis made a high throw that allowed Cesar Izturis to reach, and Ty Wigginton botched Miguel Tejada's bouncer as Pie

Rough day for Hinckley

It's only an intrasquad game, but Mike Hinckley labored in the second inning while the Black Team took a 2-0 lead. Ty Wigginton drew a leadoff walk and scored with two outs on a Blake Davis single to left field. Davis stole second and raced home on Caleb Joseph's single to left. Davis fisted the ball and looped a hit to the opposite field. Joseph

Arrieta's intrasquad inning

Jake Arrieta threw 11 pitches, six for strikes, while stranding a runner on second base. Felix Pie flied to left, but Cesar Izturis lined a double to right-center field. Miguel Tejada bounced to the mound after coming within a few feet of ripping an extra-base hit down the left-field line. Matt Wieters bounced to short.

Tillman's intrasquad inning

Chris Tillman struck out the first batter he faced, Robert Andino, on four pitches to begin today's intrasquad game. Now this is baseball. Tillman ran the count full to Nick Markakis, who fouled off one pitch and almost nailed Luke Scott on the on-deck circle. Markakis doubled to the fence in left field for the Black Team's first hit, but Adam Jones bounced to short

Bergy's bullpen

Brad Bergesen threw 35 pitches in the bullpen today, emptying his bag of tricks, and will increase that total to 45-50 before possibly facing live hitters on Friday. The dead ones always get the "take" sign. Bergesen said his tempo improved over his first mound session on Saturday. Pitching coach Rick Kranitz and bullpen coach Alan Dunn told Bergesen that his arm angle looked "normal."

Today's lineups (updated)

It was only a matter of time. ORANGE TEAM Felix Pie LF Cesar Izturis SS Miguel Tejada 3B Matt Wieters C Garrett Atkins 1B Lou Montanez RF Justin Turner 2B Jeff Salazar CF Luis Bernardo DH BLACK TEAM Robert Andino 2B Nick Markakis RF Adam Jones CF Luke Scott 1B Ty Wigginton 3B Nolan Reimold LF Chad Moeller C Blake Davis SS Caleb Joseph DH

Getting ready for the intrasquad game

I asked Chris Tillman about his back again this morning. "Real good," he said. And that's your Chris Tillman back update for the day - until he starts for the Orange Team in today's intrasquad game that begins at 1:05 p.m. Tillman will oppose Jake Arrieta, but not for long. They're both scheduled to pitch one inning. We'll also get a look at Alfredo Simon,

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