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 the weight room.

Matt Albers insisted that he didn't purposely hit Tampa Bay's Desmond Jennings in the top of the ninth inning yesterday after Orioles minor league outfielder Matt Angle was drilled in the bottom of the eighth. Plate umpire Paul Emmel warned both benches.

"It was an accident," Albers told me this morning. "I was just trying to go down and away and threw it too hard, and it got away from me. I hadn't even noticed. I guess they hit a guy, and he ended up warning the benches. I was kind of like, 'Really?' It wasn't a big deal.

"I'm sure they didn't hit anybody on purpose, either. These guys are trying to make an impression, not trying to put anybody on base or hit anybody. Nobody has their location quite right yet."

Albers said his arm felt good yesterday.

"I threw some pretty good fastballs down and away, which I've been working on," he said.

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