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Brian Burres knows he's a long shot to make the bullpen, even if the Orioles keep a second left-hander. But he'll report to Triple-A Norfolk and attempt to rejoin the team later. He appeared in 11 games as a rookie last season after being claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and receiving a September call-up, allowing two runs in eight innings. He's probably better remembered for having a nosebleed during one of his appearances.

Is your hometown of Oregon City, Ore., considered a baseball hotbed? -- I wouldn't say so. There's baseball out there, but I guess it's not huge. It's tough. It rains a lot out there. There are people out there who play, but I wouldn't call it anything close to a hotbed.

What do you think your chances are of making the team? -- I've been saying all spring maybe, like, 30 percent. I've just been playing and having fun and trying to do my best.

Who's the toughest hitter you faced in the majors? -- Joe Mauer fouled off a lot of stuff. He's tough. Nothing got by him. If he didn't hit it well, he hit it foul and kept the at-bat alive. He just did a good job of battling.

Who's your closest friend on the team? -- Hayden Penn. I played with him last year in Ottawa and we're pretty good friends. We just know each other really well. We both like to have fun on and off the field. Just a lot of fun.

Have the nosebleeds always been a problem? -- I have no clue what causes them, but I've been getting them every since I was a kid. I just try to do what I can with it, to get it to stop somehow. We checked it out. They don't know why. It just happens every once in a while. It happened a couple times this offseason, too. It usually stops pretty quick. I just didn't have a chance to do anything when I was on the mound to get it to stop. It's just something I'll probably have to live with. That's the only time it ever happened while I was playing. It just happened to be the wrong time.

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