No. 1 for 2nd time

The Baltimore Sun

JUPITER, Fla. - Orioles manager Dave Trembley wanted to wait until after Friday's game against the Florida Marlins before naming Jeremy Guthrie his Opening Day starter.

By the end of the first inning, it was easy to wonder whether Trembley would make the announcement at all. Guthrie allowed six runs in the first but steadied himself and retired 13 of the final 16 hitters he faced. After the 4 2/3 -inning outing, Trembley told Guthrie he would get the ball April 6 at Camden Yards when the Orioles open the season against the New York Yankees.

It will be the second year in a row Guthrie gets the Opening Day assignment.

"It's real nice to be able to do that, and hopefully I can set the tone for the other four guys," Guthrie said. Guthrie didn't do that Friday, surrendering a long two-run homer to Hanley Ramirez, the third batter he faced. Admittedly frustrated by the execution of the pitch, Guthrie threw eight straight balls to walk Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla, was unable to field an infield single from Jeremy Hermida and allowed a three-run double to Cody Ross.

Though the damage was done, Guthrie allowed only two singles the rest of the way and struck out five. When his outing was over, Trembley joked to Guthrie: "Nice touchdown. We blocked the extra point.'

"It was definitely Jeremy Guthrie from the second inning on," said Trembley, who wasn't ready to reveal the rest of the rotation beyond Guthrie.

Guthrie has a 7.94 ERA this spring, and that doesn't include his struggles pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. However, he said Friday's strong finish puts him in a "good position" going forward.

Parrish done for year

John Parrish won't pitch this season after an arthroscope on his left shoulder confirmed that he has a small tear, Orioles president Andy MacPhail said.

"My sense from talking to [team doctor Andrew Cosgarea] is that it's nothing that is career-threatening, but he won't pitch this year," MacPhail said.

Roberts still ailing

Leadoff man Brian Roberts was a late scratch from the Orioles' lineup for a second consecutive day as he continues to feel the effects of an upper respiratory infection he picked up while with Team USA. Trembley said Roberts felt a little better but is also struggling with a stiff back.

Around the horn

The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox are refusing to play minor league games at the Orioles' Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota because of poor field conditions. The Orioles' minor leaguers have been playing on the road. ... Rich Hill is scheduled to throw batting practice Saturday, though Trembley said Hill likely won't pitch in any Grapefruit League games. ... The team is in the market for starting pitching, but MacPhail said there isn't anyone available "significant enough" for the Orioles to make a deal.

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