More on B-Rob's debut

Brian Roberts is
hitting leadoff, which is certainly a shot in the arms for the Orioles lineup.
The switch-hitter was launching balls during Friday’s pregame batting practice
and it will be interesting to see how he responds.

Manager Dave Trembley said that Roberts will not play in
Saturday afternoon’s game against the Red Sox. That makes sense, since playing
a night game after a day game, at this stage of his recovery, wouldn’t make
much sense.

“If he feels like it, he can go to the back fields
tomorrow and get some extra at-bats,” Trembley said, “but that’s not

Roberts won’t get any more than three at-bats Friday night,
and will likely play five innings.

When I was talking to Adam Jones the other day about how important Roberts is in that No. 1 spot, Jones had the perfect description.

“He’s the heartbeat of our lineup,” Jones said.

Jones, who will likely be the team’s No. 2 batter this season, also benefits from Roberts always being on base. Read: a lot of fastballs.

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