This one is going to rank on the surprise scale with sugar being sweet and the Yankees having the highest payroll in baseball, but Dave Trembley finally officially announced that Kevin Millwood will be the Opening Night starter against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Millwood has been targetted for the opener since the day the Orioles traded for him at the Winter Meetings. He was brought in to be the No.1 starter and he has been referred to throughout training camp as the No. 1 starter, but -- for some reason -- the club did not consider that to be the same as being the Opening Night starter.
Trembley also had said he would announce the rest of the rotation today, but decided to hold that announcement until tomorrow. The next three slots are not in doubt, but there remains some intrigue concerning the fifth slot.
Until recently, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that it would go to Chris Tillman. Now, it seems almost certain it will go to David Hernandez. Guess we can wait another 24 hours for that.