Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez probably delivered the sharpest outing during the first spin through the Orioles starting rotation, but he will not pitch in the three-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. His regular turn would have come Tuesday, which is an off day after Boston's home opener Monday. So he'll be skipped initially and pitch at some point in the New York series next weekend.

"We're going to have 20-something games in a row and we've got an opportunity here that's not going to come very often," Showalter said. "We're hopefully going to pitch him every fifth day for a long time. He's got a chance, if he stays healthy, to pitch over 200 innings, so we want to have him in good shape for the long haul … the same way with all our guys.

Gonzalez, who was hit on the shin by a comebacker in his first start of the regular season Thursday night at Tropicana Field, said he is fine physically and has no problem with being moved back a few days.

"It's up to them," said Gonzalez, who pitched 150 regular-season innings between the minors and majors last year. "Whatever they think is best for me, I'll be doing it. It's not a problem with me."

Betemit back in clubhouse

Designated hitter Wilson Betemit, who tore the MCL in his right knee during spring training two weeks ago, was in the clubhouse on crutches Sunday.

Betemit was at the stadium to see team doctors once more before he heads to Sarasota, Fla., Wednesday to continue his rehab.

"I'm feeling real good, much better," Betemit said. "The inflammation has gone down and now I'll go back to Florida and do my exercises and see what happens."

Betemit had arthroscopic surgery last week and no other damage was found. So Betemit would like to think, based on the original six-to-eight week timetable, that he'll have a better idea in about a month how close he is to returning to baseball.

"[The surgeon] said everything's good inside. When I got hurt, I thought it was worse than what I've got right now," he said. "I thought I was going to have [major] surgery, but they told me it was good news."

Casilla gets first start versus old team

Infielder Alexi Casilla was in the starting lineup for the first time as an Oriole — and it just so happened to come against his old organization.

Casilla was originally signed by the Los Angeles Angels out of the Dominican Republic, but was traded to the Twins in 2005 and made his big league debut in 2006. He spent parts of seven seasons with Minnesota before the Orioles claimed him off waivers this winter.

He was 1-for-3 Sunday, but made a great defensive play on a caught stealing at second base in which he dove for Taylor Teagarden's throw and, while in the air, tagged the leg of Darin Mastroianni.

"Not only the Twins, but all the other teams know that I can do all those kinds of plays," said Casilla, who will split time at second base with Ryan Flaherty until Brian Roberts returns from injury. "But I can say that makes you feel good when you make a play like that against your old team."

Around the horn

Orioles designated hitters are now 1-for-20 this season. … Chris Davis went hitless in four at-bats, ending his streak of five games to open the season with an RBI. The club record is six, held by Brooks Robinson (1966) and Mike Devereaux (1994). … In his first Triple-A start of the season Sunday, lefty Zach Britton lasted just two innings, allowing four walks, three wild pitches, two hits and one earned run while throwing 54 pitches (just 20 for strikes). He was dealing with a blister on his pitching hand. … Roberts (hamstring) is scheduled to fly to Sarasota on Sunday to begin his rehab. … Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen, whose "Call me, maybe" was the hit song of last summer, threw out the ceremonial first pitch to reliever Tommy Hunter on Sunday. Call it a ball, maybe.

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