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Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino throws out Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Friday, May 11, 2012, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino throws out Tampa Bay Rays' Ben Zobrist during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Friday, May 11, 2012, in Baltimore. The Orioles won 4-3. (AP Photo/Gail Burton) (Gail Burton , Carroll County Times)

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino spoke with Times staff writer Jake Rill about beating the Red Sox last season, becoming an everyday starter, and adjusting to his new role.

QUESTION:

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You finished off the Red Sox last September in the last game of the season, what did you think of your role?

ROBERT ANDINO:

If it wasn't for pitchers keeping us in the game and CD [Chris Davis] and Nolan hitting that double in the last, I never would've got a chance. But I don't think about it no more man. That was last season.

Q:

Do you feel you've garnered a louder fan reaction since then?

RA:

I guess so. I just want to go out and play hard and help the team win. That's what I go out there for.

Q:

This is your first full season being the everyday starter at second base. Do you feel it's easier to focus on just one position than a bunch of positions, like you had been playing?

RA:

No, I think it's good to learn other positions because, you know, if they ever need help at another position then you know them. I think it's good to learn other positions.

Q:

Do you have a favorite position to play?

RA:

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I don't really care to be honest with you. I don't.

Q:

Since Brian Roberts has been injured do you feel he's helped you at second base?

RA:

Yeah, he's helped me a lot. He's a great veteran to learn from. He's a good guy, a good leader, you know what I'm saying, I've learned a lot from him.

Q:

What do you think you've done well at the plate this year in the best start to a season you've ever had?

RA:

I don't know man, I guess just trying to stay within myself, you know? I'm just trying to be relaxed and have fun.

Q:

What do you think's been the biggest key to the team's early success this season?

RA:

We go out there and battle. Everybody, the pitchers, the position players, we go out and battle and have fun.

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