Brian Roberts just took his first swings as an Oriole since the home opener, when he exited with a strained abdominal muscle.
It’s easy to forget the injury because it’s been so long ago. I would have guessed “back” and failed to advance to the bonus round.
Leading off the bottom of the first inning, Roberts ran the count full against Twins left-hander Brian Duensing and fouled off a pitch before bouncing to second.
Roberts saw seven pitches from Duensing. Way to work the count.
Roberts also handled a ground ball in the top of the first.
So far, so good.
You also might have forgotten that Roberts began the season 0-for-11 before collecting two hits.
Update: The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Adam Jones’ two-out single that scored Miguel Tejada. Luke Scott singled to keep the rally alive and bring Jones to the plate.
Down on the farm, Brandon Snyder is starting at first base for Triple-A Norfolk, which pushes Nolan Reimold to left field.
Left-hander Troy Patton is starting for the Tides after spending almost a full day with the Orioles.