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Millwood for the Opener

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This is highly anticlimactic, especially when compared to
the new wrinkle in the fifth
starter competition
,  but still worth
 a note. Manager Dave Trembley came as
close as he has all spring to naming Kevin
Millwood
the team’s Opening Day starter.

” I don’t think there’s any doubt now who’s going to be
the No. 1 guy,” Trembley said. “I guess he threw eight scoreless
innings in the back. Monday I’ll be able to tell you who that guy is.”

If you read my previous
blog post
, you’d know that guy is Millwood.

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This is highly anticlimactic, especially when compared to
the new wrinkle in the fifth
starter competition
,  but still worth
 a note. Manager Dave Trembley came as
close as he has all spring to naming Kevin
Millwood
the team’s Opening Day starter.

” I don’t think there’s any doubt now who’s going to be
the No. 1 guy,” Trembley said. “I guess he threw eight scoreless
innings in the back. Monday I’ll be able to tell you who that guy is.”

If you read my previous
blog post
, you’d know that guy is Millwood.

This is highly anticlimactic, especially when compared to
the new wrinkle in the fifth
starter competition
,  but still worth
 a note. Manager Dave Trembley came as
close as he has all spring to naming Kevin
Millwood
the team’s Opening Day starter.

” I don’t think there’s any doubt now who’s going to be
the No. 1 guy,” Trembley said. “I guess he threw eight scoreless
innings in the back. Monday I’ll be able to tell you who that guy is.”

If you read my previous
blog post
, you’d know that guy is Millwood.

Millwood/Gonzo update

The media just caught up with Kevin Millwood as he was
walking in from his Triple-A start. He said he threw 102 pitches over eight
scoreless innings and overall was pleased with his performance.

“I would take that stuff any day on a big league field,”
said Millwood, who worked in all of his pitches, including the change-up he’s
been focused on improving this spring.

The Orioles likely Opening Day starter, Millwood said he
will scale back in his next — and final — spring tune-up, estimating that he would
only throw 50 or 60 pitches.

Closer Mike Gonzalez started the Double-A game on the field next
to Millwood and reportedly threw around 25 pitches, although I didn’t get a chance
to confirm that or see him throw.

The Matusz move & O's pitching news

A few more notes from Saturday’s pregame session with
manager Dave Trembley:

*Brian Matusz will pitch in a Minor League game on Monday,
with Alfredo Simon taking his spot against the Yankees. No real surprise here,
since the Orioles have tried to avoid running their starters out against
divisional foes. Kevin Millwood kicked off the Minors starts on Saturday and
the reasoning behind Jeremy Guthrie still throwing against the Blue Jays Sunday
is that he’s been in the AL East for a while now, so trying to “hide” Guthrie
isn’t really an option at this point.

*Trembley downplayed how important this start is Saturday for David
Hernandez.
While I blogged yesterday about the 5th rotation spot
basically being Tillman’s
, a strong showing by Hernandez against Boston’s regulars
would add some intrigue to the race. Especially given Tillman’s subpar outing
on Friday night, which included four walks.

*The backup catch job won’t be just handed to Chad Moeller.

“You’ll see [Craig] Tatum get a start, you’ll see Moeller
get a start,” Trembley said.  “You’ll see
that competition going down to the end, I believe.”

The Orioles like Tatum’s throwing arm, but Moeller carries
experience having been in the league -and particularly the AL East – for a
while. His locker is right next to Matt Wieters, which Andy MacPhail told me
earlier this spring is no coincidence. Much like Millwood, Moeller is expected
to help mentor and bring along the O’s promising young talent.

*Since snapping an 0-for-22 skid on Sunday, Nolan Reimold
has hit in four straight games. “Ty Cobb watch out,” Reimold joked of his
mini-streak.

In all seriousness, Reimold does appear to be running better
and Trembley said he talked to Nolan and told him he has to start showing that
he can run do certain things, such as play back-to-back games, steal a base,
etc. While he’s still not 100 percent, the Orioles can’t afford to baby him -and
essentially squander a roster spot – once the season starts.

Millwood, Gonzo to thow in Minors games

Likely Opening Day starter Kevin Millwood will take his scheduled turn in the rotation
Saturday morning on the back fields of Ed Smith Stadium. The veteran
right-hander will look to get his pitch count over 100 in the Orioles Triple-A game against the Tampa Bay Rays prospects. Closer Mike Gonzalez will also pitch in the Double-A game and he said the goal is
to throw two innings.

The thought with both of those guys not pitching in the
Major League game is that the Orioles want to avoid the Boston Red Sox seeing
Millwood and Gonzalez until the regular season. 
It’s clearly not a sentiment shared by their divisional foes, since John
Lackey is slated to start Saturday’s Grapefruit League game.

And for my shameless
Spartan plug of the day
, Millwood has Michigan State in the team’s spread
poll. I guess that makes up (somewhat) for him being a Duke fan.

Roberts: this is the week (end), perhaps

If Brian Roberts can get into a game this week -something the
Orioles and the second baseman himself believe is possible – he would have
enough spring left to be ready for April’s 6 Opening Day.

“If I can play by the end of the week or the weekend I should
be fine, ” Roberts told me this morning in Sarasota. “As long as there are no setbacks after that.”

A critical sparkplug atop the Orioles lineup, Roberts took
full swings from both sides of the plate during batting practice on Sunday and
Tuesday, taking Monday’s scheduled off day with the rest of the team.  Roberts had had a rocky road in recovering from
the herniated disc in his lower back, but acknowledged 
that he is feeling better.

“I don’t really know what has helped and what hasn’t,” said
Roberts, who went through several different megadose packs of medication before
flying to Baltimore to see Dr. Lee Riley for an epidural on March 15.

“I know it feels better. I feel better than I did 10 days
ago. There’s things that still feel the exact same, but things that feel a
little better.  So, as long as [the
epidural] helped me hit that’s all that really matters.”

Roberts said the goal is to make his Spring Training debut
this week, a sentiment manager Dave Trembley echoed to reporters in Jupiter,
Fla, where the Orioles were slated to play the Florida Marlins.

“It would be nice to get him in a game at the end of the
week,” Trembley said.  “But I’ll have to
check with the medical people and see what he says.”

Baltimore is hosting three Grapefruit League contests this
week, facing the New York Yankees on Thursday at 1:05 p.m. ET, the Minnesota
Twins Friday at 7:05 pm ET and the Red Sox Saturday at 1:05 p.m . ET.  Sunday’s game is against Toronto in nearby
Clearwater, Fla., at 1:05 p.m. ET.

How badly do the O’s miss Roberts? 

Baltimore
entered Sunday’s game last in batting average (.241), runs scored (72) and on-base
percentage (.301) in the Grapefruit League.

Kevin Millwood might of said it best. I was doing some season preview stuff with him this morning and asked if he was concerned about the team’s offense.

He said he wasn’t worried about the team’s spring struggles at the plate, noting that “it’ll all change when Roberts comes back.”

Given the Orioles tough first-half schedule, 21 of their first 60 games are against the Red Sox or Yankees, having Roberts suited up on Opening Day would be a huge boost.

Trembley hoping to see results from Millwood

Orioles manager Dave Trembley said prior to Sunday’s game
that he’s not worried about Kevin Millwood’s performance this spring, but he
acknowledged it would be nice to see some better results.

I’m not going to get too worked about
it if it doesn’t happen,” Trembley said. “[But] Let’s get improvement,
let’s get him closer, cause the season’s going to start.”

Trembley wouldn’t bite on whether
Millwood would be the Orioles Opening Day starter, but he did say that the
veteran was acquired to be a “top of the rotation” guy.

Millwood’s tossed 77 pitches through
four innings, which is mostly a product of a 28-pitch third that included two
walks. He labored through the start, but the damage was minimal.  In five innings, Millwoodd allowed only Paul Hoover’s homer in the
second.

Today
was the first time I just kind of said, ‘Screw it’ and try to pitch like it
matters,” Millwood said. “There’s a possibility this might be my last big league game this
spring, so I just tried to pitch like a regular season game.

Millwood said he threw some change-ups, which has been the focal point of his work this spring, but he used it more like he would in a regular season game. He tossed 94 pitches total, and said the next time he throws he’ll likely go over 100.

With the Orioles slated to face AL East foes Tampa Bay and Boston on Millwood’s next scheduled turns, he said he’ll likely pitch in a Minor League game instead.

I’m
going to face both those guys pretty quick, pretty early in the season, and I’d
rather not see them in the spring,” Millwood said. “I think we’ve both seen enough of each
other. I’d just rather…if they’ve forgotten anything, I’d rather not remind
them.”

Millwood continues to improve, Britton throws

Roberts, Millwood & Other Musings: Twins-Orioles

The clubhouse will open at 2 p.m. today, and as usual I’ll
have the lineups on here and Twitter
as soon as possible.   Before
looking ahead to tonight’s game against the Twins, I wanted to go back to last
night’s game, which I caught on MLB Network. (Ok, I only watched Brad Bergesen.
Although looking at the box score, I didn’t miss much else on my day off.)

 Bergesen was disappointed
but it’s important to note that he hasn’t thrown in a game situation since July
30. Assuming he’s healthy -and there’s every indication that’s the case – O’s
fans should give him a few starts before any panic sets in.

Kevin Millwood will start tonight’s game in Fort Myers and
it will be interesting to see if he spends the start working on his fourth-best
pitch again
. For the sake of time and storylines, I hope not.

Millwood will be opposed by Scott Baker with Francisco
Liriano, Jon Rauch, Matt Guerrier, Mike Maroth, Brian Duensing
and Rob Delaney
also slated to pitch. While the Orioles camp has been pretty quiet (minus the
B-Rob stuff) the Twins are reeling from what will likely be the loss of closer
Joe Nathan. Eesh.

Speaking of closers, Mike Gonzalez is scheduled to throw
again
on Friday. Koji Uehara, Jim Johnson and Alberto Castillo are slated to appear
in tonight’s game. Trembley told reporters yesterday that he was going to try to stretch Koji out, so he might go more than one inning.

Roberts is supposed to be reevaluated today, so hopefully we
will have an update on that situation later today.

*Also, the team will play a “B” squad game this Sunday at 10 a.m. vs the Pirates at Pirate City in Bradenton. No word on officially who will be making that trip, but you can probably do your best to guess.

Millwood's Presence

Kevin Millwood’s presence with the Orioles so far shouldn’t be overlooked.

I’ve been watching him mesh with the young guys, like Chris Tillman and Brian Matusz already and have been really impressed.  He’s a hard worker, but he’s not in your face about it. He’s usually by his locker, hanging out and always seems to be in a good mood.

To further that notion, I get this quotes from my MLB.com colleague TR Sullivan. 

“I miss him. I’m not going to lie, I miss him. I might give him a call this afternoon and see how he’s doing. He’s not good at returning calls. He might be on the golf course. If he is, you know he’s not going to return calls.”-- Rangers pitcher Tommy Hunter on Millwood.

And here’s manager Dave Trembley from this morning to cap off the Millwood-raving.

The thing about Millwood is he doesn’t want to be treated than
anyone else,”Trembely said. “He
wants no special favors, he wants no special attention. He took the bus
[with the team on Saturday morning]. He’s a pro.”

He’s a pro with the media too. Following his first post-game interview session, Millwood seemed shocked how swiftly it all went.

“That’s it? You guys are easy,” Millwood said.

So far, Kevin, so are you.

Game 4 Post-game Notes on Millwood, Meredith

In case you missed it, I blogged some in-game updates from today’s 9-5 loss to the Tigers. Here some are  final thoughts and highlights from today..

*Manager Dave Trembley said he would have liked starter Kevin Millwood to have gone at least two innings, but acknowledged that the veteran didn’t throw any curve balls and was just working on a fastball-change-up combo.

“Millwood made some good pitches and he got hit, he made some bad pitches and got hit,” Trembley said.

As for Millwood’s claim that he used the outing to get some work in on his change-up, Trembley said he was all for the veteran doing what he feels will get him ready this spring.

“He’s got his own routine that he goes through, I’ve got no problem with that,” Trembley said.

*Trembley said Matt Albers looked better in Saturday’s 2 1/3 scoreless inning stint.

“He did have some ground balls, he did have some sink,” Trembley said of Albers.
He also added that Cla Meredith retired all three left-handed hitters that he faced in the fifth inning.

“I liked that as well,” Trembley said.

*Looking Ahead: Jeremy Guthrie will pitch Sunday afternoon’s home contest at 1:05 pm. Mark
Hendrickson, Kam Mickolio, David Hernandez and Will Ohman also are
scheduled to pitch. On Monday, left-hander Brian Matusz will make his second start against the Twins. Jim Johnson, Koji
Uehara and Wilfrido Perez are also expected to pitch.

 

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