A few pregame notes

It’s been a quiet Sunday morning at Camden Yards. Not much to report.

Second baseman Brian Roberts still plans on flying to Sarasota later today to rehab his right knee. He intends to meet up with the Orioles sooner than first anticipated.

Wilson Betemit is here today, on crutches, to be examined by a team physician. His right knee is feeling much better since we last spoke with him.

Betemit will return to Sarasota on Wednesday. He should know the timetable for his return once he’s reached the six-week mark from the day that he suffered the torn PCL at Ed Smith Stadium.

“I’m feeling real good, much better,” said Betemit, who had the knee scoped last week in Baltimore. “The inflammation has gone down and now I’ll go back to Florida and do my exercises and see what happens.”

Betemit doesn’t anticipate having another surgical procedure. The last one was simply done to clean out a few things in the knee and make sure there wasn’t more damage.

“They said everything’s good inside,” he said. “When I got hurt, I thought it was worse than what I’ve got right now. I thought I was going to have (major) surgery, but they told me it was good news. I just had the little surgery a couple days ago and I feel much better.”

Wei-Yin Chen, Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman are listed as the starters for the three-game series in Boston that begins on Monday. No Miguel Gonzalez, who pitched the third game at Tropicana Field.

Last night, T.J. McFarland became the 943rd player to wear an Orioles uniform.

Canadian pop music star Carly Rae Jepsen will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. I don’t expect her to call me, but maybe.

For the Twins
Aaron Hicks CF
Joe Mauer C
Josh Willingham LF
Justin Morneau 1B
Ryan Doumit DH
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Wilkiin Ramirez RF
Brian Dozier 2B
Pedro Florimon SS

Pedro Hernandez LHP

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