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Dave Trembley re-emphasized today that the fifth slot in the starting rotation does not automatically belong to Chris Tillman. Jason Berken takes the mound today against the Toronto Blue Jays with a chance to win the role. David Hernandez pitched yesterday in Fort Myers with an opportunity to build his case.

"I think Berken, Hernandez and Tillman are all vying for the fifth slot,'' Trembley said. "I think that's why we have tried to stretch those guys out. Berken's getting a opportunity to start today. Hernandez yesterday. We're going to keep playing it out that way, giving people opportunities."

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When pressed on whether Tillman was the frontrunner, Trembley did not hesitate.

"I would say no one is,'' he said. "I think I said in the offseason before I came to camp that I think the right thing to do is the fair thing to do. Berken and Hernandez started for us all last year when they were there last year. I thought it was unfair to just say 'It's Tillman's.' That's no disrespect to Tillman. That's not slighting him and that's not saying anything good or bad about Berken or Hernandez. There are still games to play here and we have it slotted so that guys are going to get opportunities to start here and then we're going to see what's best for them, but more importantly, what's best for the team."

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Trembley also said that Mike Gonzalez (sore back) would likely pitch an inning on Friday and Felix Pie (shoulder) is scheduled to return to the exhibition lineup on Saturday. No schedule is yet in place for Brian Roberts, who will sit out another day to see how he responds to the epidural injection he got Monday in his sore lower back.

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