Drese done for day (Updated with quotes)

Right-hander Ryan Drese finished up his outing today against the Tampa Bay Rays, allowing two earned runs on five hits over three innings.

He gave up a leadoff homer to Ben Zobrist in the bottom of the first and an RBI single from B.J. Upton in the second.


Orioles manager Buck Showalter keeps reminding reporters that Drese remains in the conversation for that final rotation spot, but I think it is more out of respect for the veteran who hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2006.

Drese got the spring off to a good start, allowing just one run on four hits in his first three outings spanning seven innings. However, in his last three outings, he's surrendered 13 earned runs and 18 hits in 7 2/3 innings.


Still, Drese feels like he remains in the competition for an Opening Day roster spot.

"I'm sure hoping my name is called, whether it's starting or relieving. Nobody's heard anything yet," he said. "It's going to come down to the last few days. It may even come down to the intrasquad game we play [Thursday]. Still hoping, and hopefully get one more shot out there. I don't know. We'll see what happens."

Drese said that he has a verbal out clause where he can opt out of his contract if he's not selected on the big league club.

"I'm not even thinking about that right now," he said. "I feel really good and that's the important thing for me, being out for a while. Just coming back and getting consistent work."

Jason Berken relieved Drese and pitched a scoreless bottom of the fourth with the help of a running catch by center fielder Felix Pie on Kelly Shoppach's long drive to the wall with two men on.

The Orioles just tied the game with a run in the top of the fifth on J.J. Hardy's RBI double off Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson. Pie led off the inning with a single and scored on the play.

Brian Roberts accounted for the Orioles' first run with a solo homer in the third.