He arrived in St. Petersburg around 8 p.m. Saturday night, and on his first full day as an Oriole, first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce stepped into the lineup right away.
Pearce said he's probably more comfortable as a first baseman because he's been playing there all season long at Yankees Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. But before last season, he played a lot of outfield.
He placed portions of five seasons with the Pirates, and has been taking advantage of regular playing time at Scranton/Wilkes-Baree, hitting .321/.422/.574 with 11 homers and 30 RBI in 52 games there.
"Just regular playing time, getting comfortable," Pearce said about his early-season success. "I've been comfortable all year. Since the season started, there's been a comfort zone and I've stayed in it all year."
In his first two at-bats, he hit a pair of balls hard off Rays starter Matt Moore, including one to the left-field warning track in the fourth.