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Dave Trembley confirmed that Craig Tatum won the backup catcher role and that Felix Pie will start in left field on Opening Night at Tropicana Field, not that any of that was in doubt after today's 10-9 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

Trembley explained that the Tatum decision was based entirely on competitive considerations and dismissed the notion that the club needs a veteran like Chad Moeller to help mentor Matt Wieters and the young pitching staff. I respectfully disagree and will have a column up tonight telling you why.

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"This is Wieter's team,'' Trembley said. "This is Wieter's pitching staff. We're expecting a lot from Matt Wieters. Chad Moeller is not there for Wieters any more. We feel confident that Wieters now, boom, it's yours. I think it's a complient to the guys in the clubhouse rather than a negative that we feel guys like Bergesen, it's time to fly. Matusz? It's time to fly."

It was a difficult day for Trembley who had to tell eight other players that they were not going to be with the major league club on Opening Day. The team announced during the game that Chris Tillman, Alberto Castillo, Justin Turner, Adam Donachie, Jeff Salazar, Scott Moore, Alfredo Simon and Ross Wolf were being reassigned to minor league camp. Moore, Simon and Wolf will remain with the major league club to finish out the exhibition season.

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