Tillman throws

Tillman throws
Chris Tillman just completed his bullpen session, which lasted about 12 minutes and included a brief interruption and consultation from pitching coach Rick Kranitz. Tillman was throwing free and easy, and his velocity looked good. He also mixed in his changeup. Afterward, he said that he didn't feel his back at all. The other pitchers who threw alongside Tillman on the extended mound moved to the next field for live batting practice, beginning with closer Mike Gonzalez. Meanwhile, Miguel...
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Tillman's side session

Tillman's side session
Chris Tillman said he threw "everything" today except his back (OK, that's my line) and was "shocked" at how good he felt on the mound. "It took a lot to hold back. I wanted to go 100 percent, but at the same time I had to hold myself back," he said. "Everything felt good. Obviously, it felt like I hadn't played catch in three days, but other than that, everything felt good and looked good. Kranny said my delivery looked nice and smooth." Tillman will rest tomorrow and throw a...
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Putting the "fun" in fundamentals

Putting the "fun" in fundamentals
I mentioned earlier today that Nick Markakis was bunting inside one of the netted batting cages set up between practice fields. His teammates are doing the exact same thing, because the drill has been implemented as one of the new stations in camp. "That's one of the rotations," manager Dave Trembley said. "There's five rotations out here, and either you get it first or you get it through the five.
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Bergy and Guthrie

Bergy and Guthrie
Brad Bergesen hopes to throw once more on flat ground before taking the mound on Saturday, but manager Dave Trembley might push back that first bullpen session until Monday. Trembley is toying with the idea of having Bergesen throw on flat ground tomorrow and Saturday. "He's wrestling with me on that one," Trembley said. "He really has done remarkably well. He's going to be fine. We have lots of time to get him right back in where he should be and to get his pitches up." Jeremy Guthrie...
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Not-so-sweet odds for Lou

Not-so-sweet odds for Lou
I sort of tiptoed into an interview with outfielder Lou Montanez this morning, and not because he's unapproachable or my shoes didn't fit properly. I was trying to gauge whether Montanez viewed the roster the same way as everyone else. He's an outfielder on a team that includes Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Nolan Reimold, Felix Pie and Luke Scott. He still has a minor league option remaining. For his eye exam, the Orioles could have made him read the writing on the wall. "I know there's...
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Canned quotes, and fresh ones from Erbe

Canned quotes, and fresh ones from Erbe
The clubhouse is closed to the media again this morning because the players have a meeting - on media training. Cue the scene from Bull Durham. "I'm just happy to be here." "I want to help the team anyway I can." "I give 100 percent every time I'm out there." "I'll just take it one game at a time." (Bonus Quote): "I'll just take it one game at a time, and whatever happens happens." The games haven't started yet, but Brandon Erbe has been one of the most impressive pitchers...
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Slow morning

Slow morning
Not having pre-workout clubhouse access has left my notebook looking pretty bare. Maybe that's a good thing, since I only have a few clean pages left. Brad Bergesen threw on flat ground, though Christopher Columbus would disagree about the "flat" part. His arm remains attached to his shoulder. And I'm getting pretty attached to Bergesen after checking on his health and throwing schedule every single day. Players took part in a baserunning drill before splitting up into different groups....
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Providing a little color

Providing a little color
And I don't mean the redness on my wind-burned face. Koji Uehara threw live batting practice earlier today. All fastballs. He did some running afterward with his trainer. John Shelby is leading the bunting drills inside one of the netted batting cages. At one point, Shelby instructed Robert Andino to keep his balance and yelled encouragement. Andino figures to be one of the players who will be called upon to advance a runner. Three of the fields were set up for live BP. Manager Dave...
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Bergy's schedule and the backup second baseman

Bergy's schedule and the backup second baseman
Brad Bergesen will have another flat-ground session on Saturday and is slated to take the mound on Monday for his first bullpen session. Manager Dave Trembley indicated that Robert Andino would back up at second base if the Orioles needed an extended fill-in at the position. Andino also would back up at shortstop. Ty Wigginton is viewed as the backup at third base and first base, and could move to left field. The middle infield spots belong to Andino. In case anyone thought Trembley might...
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More notes from today's workout

More notes from today's workout
The Orioles haven't set a firm date for second baseman Brian Roberts to take live batting practice. He's hoping to step into the cage next week. Roberts continues to hit off a tee and soft toss. Chris Tillman still is slated to throw live batting practice tomorrow. The cold air didn't do his back any favors today, but he keeps insisting that he's fine and the mild tightness is nothing to worry about. Manager Dave Trembley was impressed with the finish on Koji Uehara's pitches today and...
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Radio Radio

Radio Radio
The spring training radio scheduled has been released. Check it out. The following exhibition games will air on 105.7 The Fan, beginning with the March 3 opener against the Tampa Bay Rays: Wednesday, March 3 at 1:05 - Tampa Bay Rays Friday, March 5 at 7:05 - Pittsburgh Pirates Sunday, March 7 at 1:05 - Boston Red Sox Monday, March 8 at 1:05 - Minnesota Twins Tuesday, March 9 at 1:05 - Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday, March 17 at 1:05 - Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, March 23 at 1:05 - Florida...
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Quick Bergesen Update

Quick Bergesen Update
Orioles pitcher Brad Bergesen has been cleared to throw off a mound Saturday for the first time since injuring his shoulder during a commercial shoot two months ago. The Orioles had considered scheduling a third flat-ground session for Bergesen before clearing him for a bullpen session on Monday, but the right-hander has made significant progress and apparently is ahead of schedule. Bergesen has been saying all along that he felt better each time he's thrown and had no worries about...
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Start me up

Start me up
I've been dealing with laptop issues on and off since yesterday afternoon and the wireless wasn't working in the media trailer this morning. The blogging gods are conspiring against me. But we're back up and ready to roll. The clubhouse closed to the media 15 minutes early because the players have a nutrition meeting. Unlike previous years at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, the club didn't leave a box of donuts sitting on a table. Chris Tillman is still scheduled to throw live batting practice...
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Snyder's schedule

Snyder's schedule
The Orioles have instructed Brandon Snyder to confine his work to first base this spring, rather than go back and forth between the two infield corners. Snyder was drafted as a catcher, but he also played 10 games at third base during his first professional season. He became a full-time third baseman after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder on Aug. 2006 - many people mistakenly think it was his right - but the Orioles moved him again. Snyder will stay planted at first base for now, which...
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We can work it out

We can work it out
My laptop issues have gotten a lot worse. I'm ready to pull a sheet over its head. I'm emailing this entry to the MASN WebStudio via my BlackBerry. I can't get to your comments, so someone else will have to move them. Hold those questions. Chris Tillman threw live batting practice earlier today. "He's ready to go," pitching coach Rick Kranitz said. Tillman could pitch in Monday's intrasquad game. Reliever Jim Johnson is expected to pitch in that game. Otherwise, it will mostly be...
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Up and running again

Up and running again
Maybe that last virus scan worked. I'm actually writing this blog entry from my laptop, which apparently has forgiven me for all the nasty things I said about it. It's still a little weird between us. And we said it wouldn't get weird. Chris Tillman, Jim Johnson and Jake Arrieta are slated to pitch one inning in Monday's intrasquad game. Fourteen pitchers will be used - seven on each side - and manager Dave Trembley will reveal his list tomorrow. Tillman was encouraged by the way he...
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More notes from today's workout

More notes from today's workout
Manager Dave Trembley said he'll move around some players in Monday's intrasquad game. Robert Andino, for instance, is expected to shift over to second base. The regulars will play three innings and get an at-bat before substitutions are made. The game is open to the public for a small donation to the Sarasota Boys and Girls Club. It also will give us a chance to check out Ed Smith Stadium, since all of the workouts take place on the back fields. Here's a Trembley quote about Brian...
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One is the loneliest number

One is the loneliest number
We found out yesterday that Robert Andino is regarded as the backup second baseman two weeks into camp. So who's the leadoff hitter if Brian Roberts doesn't play? I asked manager Dave Trembley, who didn't really have an answer for me. "I don't know yet," Trembley said. "I guess I'll try to take care of that when we start playing games on the days that Brian doesn't play. Obviously, there will be a different leadoff guy and that will be the time that I use to experiment with it and...
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The facts of first base life with Mr. Garrett (w/ video added)

The facts of first base life with Mr. Garrett (w/ video added)
Biggest...reach...ever. We've been so preoccupied with every ground ball hit to Miguel Tejada at third base, we've practically overlooked Garrett Atkins at first. Atkins isn't a stranger to the position, but this is the first spring training where he's been anointed the starter on the right side. "I've just been taking ground balls and making some throws and getting used to my feet turning that way and making that throw to second," he said. "We've done some bunt plays, and it's a...
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Bergy's big day (with weather update)

Bergy's big day (with weather update)
Unless he fell asleep on the couch last night and hurt his back, Brad Bergesen will throw from the mound today in a much-anticipated bullpen session. Bergesen says he'll probably be held to 25-30 pitches, and most likely will stay exclusively with his fastball. Maybe he'll be allowed to mix in a few changeups, but no breaking stuff. Update: I just returned from the gym and a light rain is falling. Combined with the chilly temperatures, I'd say it's far from an ideal day to be throwing...
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