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Orioles Notebook: Showalter addresses security concerns

BALTIMORE - Things seemed normal at Camden Yards a little more than 24 hours after bombs exploded near the finish line at the Boston Marathon, killing at least three people and injuring hundreds more.

That baseball remained the focus in Baltimore seemed to please Orioles manager Buck Showalter, who said the team met with ballpark security a few hours before Tuesday's game against Tampa Bay.

"The good thing is that there's already been a lot of precautions with things going on here that you may not have been aware of," Showalter said before the game. "Knock on wood, you notice nobody's run out on the field in about a year now. ...Certainly it's not something that's happening in some other country. It's pretty tragic."

Showalter, who said he walked along the marathon route last Tuesday on his way to advanced screening of the Jackie Robinson movie "42," didn't seem to be worried about a heightened sense of security in the wake of the bombings in Boston.

"It's uncharted territory to some extent, but I think we're all [taking] caution," Showalter said. "There's a reason why that hasn't happened. I think it's a lot of things going on that we don't see. We've got a lot of confidence in people who are equipped and trained for that. It's always something that's somewhat in the back of your mind."

WELCOME HOME: Tuesday's game was just the fourth home contest for the Orioles, who played nine of their first 12 on the road. The beginning of a nine-game homestand was welcoming to Showalter and his players.

"It will take about half this homestand to get settled. Guys are still moving stuff," Showalter said. "We've got about half the suitcases and bags and boxes back in the weight room. Guys still are in the process. We've got a great job whether you're home or away. Bad weather, good weather, you know at some point you play a lot of games on the road, you're going to play the same number at home.

"I think that's the most attractive thing about it, five [night] games in a row. It doesn't take much to excite me anymore, I know the players are. I hope it equates into everybody kind of getting their feet on the ground a little bit."

INJURY UPDATES: Showalter said injured pitchers Steve Johnson and Tsuyoshi Wada are scheduled for one final appearance later this week in Sarasota, Fla., before determining their rehab assignments. Wada, who is on the 60-day disabled list, is coming back from last year's Tommy John surgery on his left elbow while Johnson injured his back just before this season started and has been on the 15-day DL.

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