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Tillman to Norfolk, Guthrie not going anywhere soon

The O's announced another round of roster cuts today. The growing number of Jeremy Guthrie haters in the Greater Baltimore area are going to be bummed out. Guthrie has had a rough spring (so has Kevin Millwood, as I pointed out in today's column), but he's still on the team and not going anywhere anytime soon.

The big news of the day is that the O's officially sent Chris Tillman down to Triple-A Norfolk, meaning David Hernandez will be the team's fifth starter. It was Tillman's spot to lose, but he didn't exactly give it away; Hernandez simply stole it from him.

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And with Koji Uehara headed to the DL — depriving us of his goofy grin and awkward high-fives — Jason Berken will probably make the squad as a long reliever. I slammed Berken a lot during his rocky rookie year — in my defense, so did a lot of American League hitters — but he has certainly earned a spot on the Opening Day roster. I wouldn't mind if he continued to prove me wrong, but we'll see when the games start to count in the standings.

The season starts a week from today, so we'll soon see more cuts — and maybe even a trade if O's president Andy MacPhail decided to do some last-minute tinkering.

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