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If it is decided that Jeremy Guthrie is unable to start Sunday – and that's certainly not a huge leap as the right-hander is just playing catch at this point as he recovers from a bout with pneumonia – you'd have to think that the Orioles would just DL him to give him a little more time to get ready. A DL trip could be backdated to April 1, Guthrie's last start, meaning that he'd be eligible to come off the list and pitch on April 17. Guthrie could make one minor league start in the middle of next week and join his teammates for next Sunday's start in Cleveland. Meanwhile, Chris Jakubauskas could temporarily take his roster spot and start this Sunday in the series finale against the Texas Rangers. He's not on the 40-man roster, but the Orioles have one open spot anyway so getting him on wouldn't require a roster move in addition to sending Guthrie to the DL.

Double-A Bowie unveiled its Opening Day roster today. It is as follows: Infielders – Pedro Florimon, Joe Mahoney, Greg Miclat, Carlos Rojas, Billy Rowell and Brandon Waring; Outfielders –Xavier Avery, Jeff Fiorentino, Ronnie Welty and Robbie Widlanksy; Catchers – Caleb Joseph and Steven Lerud; Pitchers – Tim Bascom, Zach Clark, Brandon Cooney, Jose Diaz, Eddie Gamboa, Steve Johnson, Wynn Pelzer, Raul Rivero, Chorye Spoone, Ryohei Tanaka, Pedro Viola and Rick Zagone. Disabled list – Casey Lambert, Luis Lebron, Joel Polanco and Jordan Wolf.

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And before I go, I want to mention a nice event that is worthy of support. The NephCure Foundation, the only organization solely committed to finding the cause and a cure for the kidney diseases FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome, will host Countdown to a Cure on Sunday at the Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore starting at 5:30 p.m. The foundation, which is chaired by former Orioles executive Jim Duquette whose daughter suffers from the kidney disease, will also host a NephCure walk prior to the Orioles' scheduled 1:35 game against the Rangers that day. To register for the walk or for more information, visit www.nephcurewalk.org. Tickets to the Orioles' game are included for people fundraising or donating. The Countdown to a Cure will be emceed by Oriole broadcasters Tom Davis and Fred Manfra, and feature guest appearances by Jim Palmer, Rick Dempsey, B.J. Surhoff and Mike Flanagan among others. To purchase tickets to Countdown to a Cure and receive sponsorship information, contact Joanna Dauber at 866-NEPHCURE ext.15 or at jdauber@nephcure.org. Tickets start at $75 per person and $150 for the VIP reception.

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