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Pregame Dave

Dave Trembley met with reporters this morning at Dunedin Stadium and was asked by an out-of-town reporter how he feels about his team. It was a generic question and Dave gave a fairly generic answer.

"They feel like they can win,'' he said. "They're very businesslike about it. They know what they are up against."

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He went on to give some credit for that to some of the veterans, particularly third baseman Miguel Tejada, who has been very enthusiastic about the team and about his new position.

Trembley was also asked if the Orioles were having trouble developing an offensive chemistry so far this spring with the injuries and individual struggles of some players.

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"I don't think anything's wrong with the team chemistry,'' he said. "We're going to be a very good offensive team. As we get closer to the end, I think it will become more apparent. I'm stretching guys out. Playing them back to back more. We'll have a good offfensive team, but there are still going to be days when the other team pitches well."

Injury update: Trembley said that Mike Gonzalez (sore back) will pitch in a minor league game on Friday and return to the mound in an exhibition game against the Phillies on Sunday in Clearwater.

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