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George Sherrill will begin the 2008 season as the Orioles' closer.

Manager Dave Trembley made the announcement in the home dugout while the Twins took batting practice.

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"It feels good," Sherrill said. "I think any short reliever wants to be the closer, that go-to guy."

This is quite a jump for a pitcher who spent five years in the independent leagues before the Mariners rescued him in 2003.

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"Just to be part of any bullpen is something special," he said, "and to play this game is something I don't take for granted."

More news: If Trembley was going to write out his Opening Day lineup today, Adam Jones would start in center field.

Just in case you thought there were still some doubts.

And Scott Moore won't play today because of a bruised right elbow - courtesy of a Garrett Olson fastball.

Moore might play tomorrow.

And Trembley isn't ready to award Rule 5 pick Randor Bierd a spot on the team. That decision could come down to the final days of camp. But I'd be shocked if he doesn't make it. Rebuilding teams can keep a guy like Bierd.

Trembley is trying to stretch him out and make him a multiple-inning reliever. They have enough one-inning guys.

The Orioles currently are researching how many innings Bierd threw per appearance in the minors last season.

Jon Leicester will start Thursday so Trembley can take another look at him.

Just another slow day in camp.

Here's the Twins lineup, if anyone cares:

Denard Span - CF

Carlos Gomez - LF

Joe Mauer - C

Michael Cuddyer - RF

Jason Kubel - DH

Randy Ruiz - 1B

Brian Buscher - 3B

Brendan Harris - 2B

Matt Tolbert - SS

Philip Humber - P

Former Orioles catching prospect Eli Whiteside is here.

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