Trembley's bullpen decision (updated)

Trembley's bullpen decision (updated)
Tonight's attendance: 36,973. That's a sell-out. Bringing in left-hander Will Ohman to face left-handed hitting Carl Crawford with a runner on first base and one out in the seventh inning was the definition of a no-brainer. That's why Ohman is on the roster. He's the lefty specialist. Ohman retired Crawford on a soft liner to short, bringing switch-hitter Ben Zobrist to the plate. Right-hander Cla Meredith was ready in the bullpen, but manager Dave Trembley stuck with Ohman. Zobrist...
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Done at the century mark (updated)

Done at the century mark (updated)
Kevin Millwood threw 100 pitches tonight before coming out of the game with two runners on base and none out in the bottom of the sixth inning. Evan Longoria homered to deep left field to open the inning. Carlos Pena reached on a bunt single along the third base line against the Orioles' infield shift, and B.J. Upton lined a single to left after pitching coach Rick Kranitz visited the mound. Matt Albers has replaced Milwood, who so far is charged with two runs and nine hits. Both runners are...
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Millwood through five (updated)

Millwood through five (updated)
Kevin Millwood allowed his first official run as an Oriole when Jason Bartlett singled to left field with two outs in the fifth inning to score Pat Burrell. Orioles 2, Rays 1. Burrell ran through a stop sign and beat the throw from Felix Pie, the ball bouncing past catcher Matt Wieters. They had a shot to get him. Burrell doubled to lead off the inning, but Millwood struck out Sean Rodriguez on a slider and retired Dioner Navarro on a fly ball to left. It appeared that he would escape...
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Do you know him now? (updated)

Do you know him now? (updated)
I just wrote about the Rays' video board displaying Craig Tatum's picture next to Luke Scott's name. Scott didn't seem to mind. And Tatum should be flattered. Scott launched a 90 mph fastball deep into the seats in right-center field, giving the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Matt Wieters followed with a single, and Felix Pie has doubled to put runners on second and third. Still no outs. Wieters also crushed a ball in the second inning, but center fielder B.J. Upton made a...
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Mr. Jones and me (updated)

Mr. Jones and me (updated)
Tampa Bay Rays starter James Shields has been impressive tonight. He'd be unhittable if not for Adam Jones. Jones doubled to center field in the first inning, and he just homered to right with the count full in the third to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Jones kept battling Shields through a 10-pitch at-bat. It ended with Jones going into his home run trot as right fielder Ben Zobrist raced to the fence. Orioles 1, Tampa Bay 0. Jones has accounted for both Orioles hits. Shields has walked...
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Tejada tested early (updated)

Tejada tested early (updated)
It probably won't come as a shock to anyone that the first ball put in play by the Rays managed to find Miguel Tejada at third base. Tejada fielded Jason Bartlett's grounder and made a strong throw to first. It's all downhill from here. Carl Crawford showed bunt on the next pitch, but pulled back. Kevin Millwood threw 18 pitches in the first inning, 10 for strikes. He fanned Evan Longoria on a 91 mph fastball with the count full to strand Ben Zobrist at second base. The Orioles made...
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Soaking up the atmosphere - if you can find it

Soaking up the atmosphere - if you can find it
As I sit here in the second row of the Tropicana Field press box, I join my fellow scribes in wondering why it doesn't feel like Opening Day. Maybe if they could open the roof. It's so different on a Monday afternoon at Camden Yards. This could be any other game on any other night. I'm half expecting Aubrey Huff to be batting for the Rays and Jorge Julio to be one straight fastball away from a blown save. It's good to be here. It's just...different. I hope that makes sense. You'd...
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Roberts stayed true to his word

Roberts stayed true to his word
Brian Roberts kept telling everyone that he'd be ready for the opener, that he could get his body ready while dealing with a herniated disk in his back. Rather than experiencing a feeling of satisfaction today, Roberts described it more as "relief." This is one time when he really wanted to be right. "I'm very thankful that I am here," he said while standing at his locker before batting practice. "The training staff has been great, the doctors have been great. Everybody's gone above...
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Opening odds and ends

Opening odds and ends
Only 11 players from last year's Opening Day roster remain with the club tonight: Matt Albers, Jeremy Guthrie, Mark Hendrickson, Cesar Izturis, Jim Johnson, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis, Felix Pie, Brian Roberts, Luke Scott and Ty Wigginton. Miguel Tejada ended the 2009 season with a 21-game hitting streak with the Houston Astros. If Tejada gets a hit tonight, he'll become only the third player in major league history to have a streak of 20 or more games spread over two leagues, according to...
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Lineup reminders

Lineup reminders
Is Tiger Woods doing anything interesting this week? I might be out of the loop. In case you forgot or just want to check them out again, here are the lineups for tonight's opener at Tropicana Field: For the Orioles: Brian Roberts 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Matt Wieters C Felix Pie LF Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS Kevin Millwood RHP For the Rays: Jason Bartlett SS Carl Crawford LF Ben Zobrist RF Evan Longoria 3B Carlos Pena 1B B.J. Upton CF Pat...
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Aubrey staying

Aubrey staying
Michael Aubrey has cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. Aubrey didn't get into many games this spring because of a minor medical procedure on his back and a groin injury suffered while running the bases in Tampa. He eventually was sent to the minor league camp without giving himself a real chance to crack the 25-man roster. It was a long shot to begin with, but he didn't even go down swinging. Now it's up to Norfolk manager Gary Allenson to find at-bats for...
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We can work it out

We can work it out
Manager Dave Trembley met with reporters a few minutes ago and indicated that he'll reveal his opening lineup after the workout. That's what happens when you ask nicely. If Nolan Reimold plays first base this season, it will happen "way down the road," according to Trembley. "We're just kicking the tires on that," he said, adding that first base would be another way to get Reimold's bat in the lineup. It also shows how much Felix Pie has progressed in the eyes of the...
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Rollin' with Nolan

Rollin' with Nolan
If Nolan Reimold is going to play first base this season, he'll need to take care of an important piece of business. "I don't even have a first baseman's mitt yet," he said, grinning at his locker. Reimold took grounders at first on the last day of spring training, which created quite a stir after manager Dave Trembley and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail kept insisting all winter that he was strictly an outfielder. "People asked why we waited until the end of the camp....
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Getting Miggi with it

Getting Miggi with it
Craig Tatum is taking throws at first base. Should I read anything into that? Kidding. Miguel Tejada said he's become a lot more comfortable at third base since the start of spring training. "That first game, the intrasquad game that we played, I felt a little bit different," he said. "Now I feel like I'm ready to go." Tejada heated up at the plate over the final weeks of camp, as we expected him to do, and raised his average to .274. All of a sudden, the ball's exploding off his...
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Making their pitch (updated)

Making their pitch (updated)
Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell will throw out the ceremonial first pitches before Friday's home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1970 World Series championship. Having Brooks and Boog together on Friday is a wonderful and appropriate gesture. Boog was the American League's MVP. Brooks was the Series MVP. Perfect. Gates open at noon. The Orioles will take batting practice from 12:25 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. The Blue Jays will take BP...
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Rays lineup for tomorrow

Rays lineup for tomorrow
Jason Bartlett SS Carl Crawford LF Ben Zobrist RF Evan Longoria 3B Carlos Pena 1B B.J. Upton CF Pat Burrell DH Sean Rodriguez 2B Dioner Navarro C James Shields RHP It must seem strange for Orioles manager Dave Trembley to be overseeing a workout on the day that most teams are starting their seasons. "You play the schedule as it's given to you," Trembley said. "Just like I tell people, I wish I was 29 again, 6-3 and had a full head of hair. Not going to happen. No sense crying over...
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The Opening Day lineup

The Opening Day lineup
Brian Roberts 2B Adam Jones CF Nick Markakis RF Miguel Tejada 3B Luke Scott DH Matt Wieters C Felix Pie LF Garrett Atkins 1B Cesar Izturis SS Kevin Millwood RHP Manager Dave Trembley was asked earlier today whether he's confident that Mike Gonzalez will turn it up once the lights come on and the games count. "Well, he's the closer," Trembley replied. "He's going to get the opportunity to save the games. If it's a save situation, he's going to pitch and I'm confident that he's going...
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Pie vs. Reimold

Pie vs. Reimold
It's become the most interesting battle in the AL East. Forget the Yankees and Red Sox (and I keep trying). Orioles fans seem more worked up about Felix Pie unseating Nolan Reimold as the starting left fielder. Has he really done it? Reimold was brought along slowly this spring because of the Achilles surgery. He told me that he wouldn't be 100 percent until mid-summer, though he ran the bases much better as the Orioles were preparing to break camp. Reimold also started to look more...
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Luke Scott's spot in the order

Luke Scott's spot in the order
As expected, Luke Scott is batting fifth tonight against Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields. The lowest that he figured to drop was sixth behind catcher Matt Wieters, but fifth seemed to be his most likely destination. I had an interesting conversation with Scott earlier this spring - and most of them are interesting because the talk often shifts away from baseball - about his placement in the lineup. He actually suggested that he would make an ideal No. 2 hitter. Scott has accumulated...
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Millwood's Place

Millwood's Place
Pitcher Kevin Millwood heard the rumors about a pending trade to the Orioles. He wasn't exactly blindsided by the news. "I'm a little surprised," he said. "I can say that, but it wasn't a total shock." Winter Meetings Audio: Kevin Millwood calls in to talk about being traded to the O's It became a reality late this afternoon, as reporters gathered at an elevator that would take us to Andy MacPhail's suite at the Westin. Millwood was placed on a conference call after we interviewed...
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