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The Orioles acquired Freddie Bynum, a 28-year-old utility man, from the Chicago Cubs in a December trade for a minor leaguer. Bynum, the Oakland Athletics' second-round draft pick in 2000, went to the Cubs in a three-team, four-player deal last March. A left-handed hitter, Bynum hit .257 with four home runs and 12 RBIs for the Cubs last season. He is competing for the final spot on the Orioles' bench.

What was your reaction when you heard of your trade to the Orioles? -- Nothing really. It was just another chance to go somewhere and get a fresh, new start.

What do you remember about your first major league home run last year off Washington's Jon Rauch? -- That it was over in a hurry. It was great. It was like I was floating around the bases.

What do you think your chances are of making the team? -- I don't know what is going to happen. I just go out and practice hard and play hard and do what I can do. Hopefully, I can open some eyes. I know I haven't had the best of springs. I've been struggling at the plate a little bit.

How well did you know Miguel Tejada from your days in Oakland? -- It was my first big league camp when I met Miguel. It was a while back but he still remembered me. When I got called up with Oakland, we were playing against the Orioles in Baltimore and he saw me in the dugout. I've gotten to know him a little bit. He's a good guy. I like him.

Who have you really gotten to know in camp? -- Everybody. Nobody stands out right now. I've talked to Corey Patterson a lot. I didn't know him. I just knew of him. He's a really good guy. But everybody else is real cool, too.

What's it like playing in Wrigley Field? -- It's fun. It's everything that you want when you are going good. When you are going bad, you may not want to play there. They are good fans. They are true fans, they are loyal. They come out no matter what - rain, sleet or snow. They get 40,000 every night. It's unbelievable. Especially all those games at 1 in the afternoon when everybody should be working.

You're from North Carolina. Do you have a favorite ACC basketball team? -- Oh yeah, Tar Heels baby, all the way. Ever since I've been a little kid, it's always been the Tar Heels.

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