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Orioles: Pregame Dave

Manager Dave Trembley gave an update on Dennis Sarfate, who is playing catch every other day now and is tentatively scheduled to throw off a mound on June 25. If all goes well, he would go out on an injury rehab assignment on July 4.

Chris Ray is pitching regularly at Norfolk and, according to Trembley, making progress on several fronts.

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"I've gotten reports from (Tides pitching coach Mike) Griffin on him,'' Trembley said. "His delivery is better. He's pitching every other day. His slider is good and his tempo is better. When he rushes his delivery, that's when he gets in trouble."

The Orioles have to make room for Koji Uehara before tomorrow night's start, and Dave wasn't giving anything up today. The speculation is that David Hernandez will go back to Norfolk when Koji comes off the disabled list.

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Trembley confirmed that Adam Jones and Nick Markakis will flip-flop in the lineup depending on the opposing pitcher.

"I spoke to both of them,'' he said. "When it's a left-hander, Jones will bat third and when it's a right-hander, he'll bat second. That's the way it will be when both of them are in the lineup. I don't want to have Markakis and Huff back-to-back against the lefties."

Finally, Trembley said he expects to see the real Jeremy Guthrie tonight, not the guy who couldn't get out of the first inning his last time out.

"Everybody has a day like that,'' he said.

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