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Game 2 Orioles-Rays

Nolan Reimold’s
in the lineup, because Felix Pie has a little rotator cuff strain suffered when he threw to home in Tuesday’s loss. Pie stayed in the game, but said he felt a sharp pain in his arm, which is why he jumped up in the air following the throw. I thought he was angry the throw bounced over catcher Matt Wieters’ shoulder. Guess not.

Pie doesn’t know how long he will be out but said he felt better already this morning compared to last night.

Meanwhile Reimold will get the start a day earlier than expected. He told me he’s not worried about running on the Rays turf, since he did it last season when his Achilles was bothering him.

*Also, in case you missed it, I talked to Robert Andino about clearing waivers
this afternoon.  President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said Andino will get the bulk of playing time at shortstop in Triple-A Norfolk.

*Mike Gonzalez was the first guy in Dave Trembley’s office this morning and told the Orioles manager he wants the ball tonight. We’ll see what happens. Close friend Rafael Soriano (who got the win for the Rays) texted Gonzalez words of encouragement following an ugly blown save.

*Brad Bergesen and David Hernandez Friday and Saturday’s starters in Baltimore, boarded a 6 p.m. flight earlier tonight to go back to Birdland. They’ll get a chance to settle in and prep for their starts. Hernandez threw a bullpen yesterday and told me he’s pretty excited. 

*New Oriole Julio Lugo was coloring in the white parts of his cleats with an orange permanent marker pregame. He’s still waiting to get his Orioles spikes, but this way he fits in.

Check back here and on Twitter for any and all pregame notes as the O’s try to put last night’s painful loss behind them…

ORIOLES LINEUP

Brian Roberts, 2B
Adam Jones, CF
Nick Markakis, RF
Miguel Tejada, 3B
Luke Scott, DH
Matt Wieters, C
Nolan Reimold, LF
Garrett Atkins, 1B
Cesar Izturis, SS
Jeremy Guthrie, SP

RAYS LINEUP

Jason Bartlett, SS
Carl Crawford, LF
Ben Zobrist, RF
Evan Longoria, 3B
Carlos Pena, 1B
BJ Upton CF
Pat Burrell DH
Kelly Shoppach C
Reid Brignac 2B
Matt Garza, SP

Pie tabbed for the Opener

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Felix
Pie
will be the Orioles’ Opening Day left fielder, a decision Orioles manager
Dave Trembley has been hinting at for days, but made official following Tuesday’s
game.

I
got to call Pie in [to the office today] and say, Pie you are going to be the Opening
Day left fielder in Tampa [April 6]. You have really improved; you’ve earned
it,” Trembley said.  “This is not a
slight on [Nolan] Reimold, but this is the right thing for Reimold. He’s not
100 percent.”

Reimold has been slowed this spring by offseason surgery on
his left Achilles tendon but has made significant strides in the last 10 days.
The 26-year-old snapped a 0-for-22 skid on March 21 and appears to be running
better in the field and along the bases. Reimold has hit safely in his past five
games, raising his average to .231 in 13 spring games.

“You think I’m going to ask him to go bust his butt on turf?,” Trembley said of Reimold, who has progressed but is still not full-throttle.

“That kid is as tough as nails. We all saw him play for three months last year [playing with the Achilles injury], half
a player, never complained, never did nothing.”

Pie has put together an impressive spring campaign, going
3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored on Tuesday to raise his average to .393.
He is expected to share left field duties with Reimold as part of a platoon
this season.

Yankees 11, Orioles 7

Some postgame fodder from the
wind-aided homer happy night at Ed Smith Stadium…

*Nolan Reimold went 3-for-5 with two runs scored to raise his
average to .231. Pretty impressive considering a little over a week ago he was batting
triple zeroes
.
 

“He’s running considerably
better,” Trembley said of Reimold, who played all nine innings in the field, starting
in left and later shifting to right.  The
plan is to get him in the outfield in back-to-back games sometime this week,
which would be one of the final tests for Reimold’s heel. He’s been slowed by
offseason surgery on his left Achilles tendon.

*Brian Roberts had his first hit, a double that one-hopped to the
right field fence in the third inning. Trembley said his timing looked better
than it did Friday night, and from my vantage point Roberts just seemed more
comfortable up there. He also walked and struck out twice but saw more pitches
than in his first Spring Training game. 

Trembley said Roberts did some
conditioning after he came out of the game and wants to play again Tuesday
afternoon.  That would be his first
back-to-back games this spring and, assuming he comes out of that OK, a huge
boost for the O’s.

*Despite Jeremy
Guthrie’s struggles
, Trembley said he’s not worried about the right-hander.

“When he gives me real good
pitches, he gives me a lot to look forward to,” Trembley said of Guthrie. He
also thought Guthrie’s location was better than in previous outings.

Interesting given that Guthrie
hit two batters and walked four.

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.

Nolan Reimold gets a hit

I told him that would be the title of my blog post when it happened.

Nolan Reimold snapped an 0-for-22 skid with a two-out single in the fifth inning of Sunday’s game, connecting for a left field single off Phillies lefty Jamie Moyer.

Reimold who was going over film with hitting coach Terry Crowley before 8 a.m. this morning, was pulling out all the stops –and taking a good amount of ribbing from his teammates — to snap his skid. Some of the Orioles were taking bets on the date Reimold would get a hit, and he was joking around about finding a locker that wasn’t hitless in the away clubhouse at Bright House Field.

After striking out in his first at-bat in the first inning, Reimold sent a ball to the warning track in left field to score the Orioles’ first run. Slowed by left Achilles tendon surgery from last September, Reimold didn’t even reach base this spring until walking on Saturday. He went on to score in that game, but was hitless in eight games entering Sunday.

He told me this morning that his hitless streak wasn’t by chance. He wasn’t getting good swings and wasn’t having good at-bats. Good to see a guy not sugarcoat it or try to make excuses when he’s struggling.

Pie out for a few, Reimold progressing

Felix Pie has a sore left shoulder and probably won’t see
game action until early next week. Manager Dave Trembley said he talked to Pie Saturday
morning and that he would maybe play on Monday or Tuesday.  Trembley said Pie’s soreness is more from
lifting weights than it is throwing or swinging a bat, and he will probably
work with hitting coach Terry Crowley a little bit back in Sarasota.

“That was another reason why I left him back too, today,”
Trembley said of Crowley.

The first reason? Nolan Reimold.

Reimold was slated to get a few at-bats at designated hitter
in the Orioles “B” squad game at Ed Smith Stadium, and Trembley also wanted him
to get in a session with Crowley.

Trembley said Reimold isn’t doing anything wrong at the
plate, he’s just needs to get in some extra work to help catch up.  

Reimold went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as the DH in
Wednesday’s loss, but according to Trembley, is progressively running better. He
has been wearing orthotics in his shoes to help alleviate some of the expected
soreness from the season-ending surgery he had on his left Achilles tendon in
September.

“He hasn’t had as many at-bats as everybody else, we’ve been
guarded with him because of the heel,” Trembley said of Reimold. “He’s had some
soreness. He ran better [Wednesday.]“

 “We have a lot of
time to catch him up but I’m not to the point yet where I’m going to start
pushing him. Not going to do that. But it’s nothing that he’s doing that’s wrong
or that I don’t like, I just think he needs some more time. He could benefit
from the time with Crow.”

Projected to be the O’s starting left fielder — as part of
a platoon with Pie — Reimold arrived at camp with no restrictions, but has
been on a slightly less aggressive Spring Training plan. He’s

He’s appeared in just three games -going 0-for-7 – and made
his first start in left field on Tuesday.  Trembley said Reimold is scheduled to start in
left field again on Monday in Fort Myers.

Wieters, Jones not fazed by contract renewals

The Orioles renewed the contracts of right-hander
Jason Berken, centerfielder Adam Jones, left fielder Nolan Reimold and
catcher Matt Wieters for the 2010 season. And on Monday morning, all the players were saying the right things.

“I understand their side and I still get paid pretty good to play this game. So it’s definitely not a big deal,” Wieters said.

The 23-year-old Wieters, considered to be a cornerstone of the franchise, said what transpired this year won’t harbor any ill feelings for the future and it will be easy to put it out of his mind.

“That’s why you have agents. That’s why you have all the business people looking out on your side because all you do is go out there and play,” Wieter said. “That’s how you stay in this game for a long time. You can’t worry about that stuff.”

Added Jones: “It can’t be [in your mind]. You look at it, if it’s all going to work out, it works out.

“Before you are arbitration eligible, I guess they can do whatever they want. Let the process take care of itself.”

Jones said he hasn’t heard anything about a potential long-term deal, but acknowledged that the situation of teammate Nick Markakis’ makes the news easier to swallow. The organization renewed Nick Markakis in 2008 before agreeing to a six-year, 60-million dollar deal to avoid arbitration last winter.

“Both sides will come to something,” said Jones, who will be arbitration eligible in 2011.

“If they want me to be around a long time, I’d love to be around a long time. I think they expressed the same interest. Let Andy (MacPhail) and my agent [JR Sports], let them do their work.”

The 23-year-old Wieters hit .288 with nine homers in his first taste of the Major Leagues last season, and is seen as a cornerstone of the franchise. Wieters will be asked to steer a rotation that is projected to include Kevin Millwood, Jeremy Guthrie, Brad Bergesen, Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman.

Berken  went 6-12 in with a 6.54 ERA in 24 games last season and is
expected to start the year at Triple-A Norfolk or as a candidate for the
Orioles bullpen. Jones, and All-Star selection and Golden Glove winner
had a breakout season shortened by injury. The 24-year-old hit .277 with
19 homers and 70 RBIs in 119 games.

Reimold has been slowed
this spring after undergoing left Achilles tendon surgery in September,
but is slated to start the Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays. The
26-year-old hit .279 with 15 homers in 104 games and is projected to be
the Orioles starting left fielder as part of a platoon with Felix Pie.

The Orioles also announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with 22
players on one-year contracts
for 2010.

The list of players recently signed includes: Robert Andino, Michael
Aubrey, Josh Bell, Brad Bergesen, Alberto Castillo, Brandon Erbe, Pedro
Florimon, David Hernandez, Rhyne Hughes, Jim Johnson, Luis Lebron, Kam
Mickolio, Lou Montanez, Troy Patton, Wilfrido Perez, Felix Pie, Dennis
Sarfate, Brandon Snyder, Chorye Spoone, Craig Tatum, Chris Tillman and
Justin Turner.

Orioles-Rays Pregame Tidbits, Lineup

Update 9:02: Just got word that there will be some news out of Os camp around 9:30. As always check back here and on Twitter for the latest updates.

So while the Nats’ Stephen Strasburg makes his debut, there are a few other games
going on Tuesday afternoon. Namely, the Orioles and the Rays, who will face off
for the third time in Grapefruit League play.

Nolan Reimold will make his second start of the spring, playing left field for the first time since getting in a few innings during the team’s intrasquad game.  Given the lack of any sort of news in Orioles camp, some of the guys were teasing Reimold about all the attention his left Achilles tendon is getting.  But the Orioles have been adamant about taking it slow with Reimold (who had surgery on the tendon in September) so that he’s ready by Opening Day. 

According to AccuWeather.com (my new best friend this spring), there’s a chance
of afternoon showers. Let’s hope they get the game in delay-free.

Justin Turner was walking around the clubhouse this morning sans ice or a wrap. His left foot, which was struck by a ball hit by Garrett Atkins during Friday’s BP, seems to have come down considerably. So he should be back soon.

ORIOLES

Robert Andino 2B
Nolan Reimold LF
Nick Markakis RF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Ty Wigginton 3B
Rhyne Hughes DH
Chad Moeller C
Matt Angle CF
Pedro Florimon SS

Chris Tillman RHP

Also expected to
pitch: Cla Meredith, Dennis Sarfate, Albert Castillo

 

RAYS

Sean Rodriguez SS

Carl Crawford LF

EVan Longoria 3B

Carlos Pena 1B

BJ Upton DH

Matt Joyce RF

Dioner Navarro C

Reid Brignac 2b

 SP Jeff Niemann

Oritz and Miggi catch up;Tejada to play Monday as well

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That’s Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Orioles third baseman Miguel Tejada hugging on the field pregame. Oritz joked with Tejada that the pair “aren’t getting any younger. At least they are still having fun. Also pictured: Felix Pie.

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Manager Dave Trembley said pregame today that he will start to play some of the regular position players back-to-back, with Tejada being one of those guys. The former shortstop has been putting in extra early work every day with infield coach Juan Samuel, but got a morning off on Sunday. Tejada is batting 4th in the Orioles lineup today, and will play again on Monday.

Trembley said not every expected starter will go back to back, and although he declined to name specifically, you would have to assume Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold won’t go back-to-back just yet.  Center fielder Adam Jones will also be one of Sunday’s starters that will play on Monday.

Reimold still a work in progress

Nolan Reimold went 0-for-2 in his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday afternoon, and later acknowledged that he’s still not running at 100 percent.

That’s hardly news, he’s said that consistently this spring, but it’s important for the Orioles that he’s out there and is looking pretty good on the base paths. Reimold grounded into a double play to end the third inning and said normally he would have tried to beat the throw at first.

“But I’m going to try to not hurt myself anymore, I guess,” he said. “If it was a regular-season game, I would probably have been full go. I ran hard, but I didn’t want to hurt anything.”

He also grounded out to shortstop in his first at-bat and said he felt he was seeing the ball well and that the next step was to hit it well. As for his timetable, Reimold said he expects to be fully ready by the end of spring and has no doubts about his status come Opening Day.

“I’m not where I want to be obviously,” Reimold said. “I’d love to be 100 percent and have no soreness or anything, but you have to play this game with pain sometimes.”

Reimold had successful surgery to repair a partial tear of his left
Achilles tendon on Sept. 23, correcting an ailment that bothered him all
last season. Projected to be the Orioles starting left fielder — as part
of a platoon with Felix Pie — Reimold arrived at camp with no
restrictions and has been participating fully in all baseball-related
activities.

Given the unusually cold temperatures in Florida, manager Dave Trembley wanted to exercise caution and wait until it warmed up a little bit before putting Reimold out on the field. Following Saturday’s game, Trembley acknowledged that the team has made it clear to Reimold that he shouldn’t be running 100 percent just yet.

“We’ve told him to take it easy coming out of the box,” Trembley said “I told him that I had a guy prepared if he would have gotten on his second at-bat, somebody would have ran for him. So that’s all been pre-planned.”

 

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