Baltimore Orioles Notes, Quotes 2009-03-28

--RHP Jeremy Guthrie will start on Opening Day, manager Dave Trembley confirmed after Guthrie's second outing with his club upon returning from the World Baseball Classic. The Orioles ace looked rough in his international outings and wasn't spectacular in his first two spring training outings, either.

--C Matt Wieters opened eyes in his first spring training, but -- as expected -- it didn't matter. Wieters could join the Orioles by mid-April but is more likely to be recalled from Class AAA Norfolk in May.

--LHP Rich Hill will start the season on the disabled list. The move is as much a ploy to keep him under the Orioles' control as it is to allow him to battle through arm fatigue.

--INF Justin Turner said he felt he took advantage of opportunities with his .375 average and three home runs this spring. He told the Baltimore Sun, "I'd like to think that I opened some eyes here."

--RHP Radhames Liz has been more effective as a reliever than as a starter late in camp, but the Orioles are likely to have him debut in Class AAA Norfolk's bullpen. Trembley likes Liz's potential as a reliever, though, saying the flame-thrower can "be a lot more effective coming out of the bullpen."

BY THE NUMBERS: 0 -- Times Adam Jones was caught attempting to steal in his first seven attempts in spring training.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's fun up here. It's fun wherever you are, but it's even more fun up here. I'm excited to be playing in Norfolk. It's a different level of competition for me. I just want to go there and work hard and get back as soon as possible." -- C Matt Wieters.



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Added: March 28, 2009