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 ball glancing off Adam Jones’ glove as he dived for it. Ryan Doumit bounced to second on a 1-1 pitch.
Felix Pie and Cesar Izturis struck out to begin the game, but Jones tripled to center field and Miguel Tejada and Matt Wieters walked to load the bases. Luke Scott followed with a two-run single to right field after Zach Duke again fell behind in the count, and Ty Wigginton bounced an RBI single to left.
Lou Montanez punched a single to right to load the bases, but Justin Turner - the ninth batter of the inning - bounced to third.
Orioles 3, Pirates 0.
No truth to the rumor that Ross Wolf is warming up for the Pirates.
It’s 72 degrees here, with a 10-mph wind blowing out to center. Definitely one of the more pleasant nights we’ve experienced since camp opened.
You want ballpark dimensions? It’s 335 feet down both lines, 370 in the alleys and 400 in straightaway center.