With the cold April weather tamping down some of the expected power in the Orioles lineup through the first week of the season, one of those sluggers who is projected to drive in plenty of runs in the heart of the order is instead creating them with his legs.
Right fielder Mark Trumbo spent the first three games of the season showing his base-running guile, and dispelling the notion that only fast players can run the bases well.
"I guess the casual fan would just look at probably just pure speed," Trumbo said. "I think some of the aspects of base running — I've played some guys who maybe don't have blazing speed but make really good decisions. I've tried to watch what they do, and maybe always remember some of the situations they took advantage of."
On Thursday, Trumbo went first to third on a single in the seventh inning by shortstop J.J. Hardy, then scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. On Wednesday, he scored from first base on a fifth-inning double by catcher Matt Wieters.
"The one last night, the first to third base, that was more of a reaction thing," Trumbo said. "I guess I came up in a system that really promoted aggressive base running, so it wasn't really much of a decision for me. It was a go all the way. But that kind of stuff can make all the difference. We got a wild pitch and we got a run. The more that I can do that, the better we're going to be."
Trumbo's sixth hit of the season came on a nubber down the first-base line Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Trumbo is batting .500 with six singles through his first three-plus games with the Orioles.
Around the horn: Right-hander Vance Worley will start Sunday's series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays. Worley went 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA in 16 2/3 spring innings. He was claimed off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates early in the offseason. … Right-hander Kevin Gausman (right shoulder tendinitis) could have his rehab start at Double-A Bowie pushed back if the weather is bad Saturday. He would instead pitch Sunday. … Left-hander Brian Matusz (back) made a second consecutive appearance at Bowie on Friday night, with an eye toward being activated Sunday. He struck out one in a perfect seventh inning. ... The Orioles have postponed their "Birds are back" rally in Westminster, which was scheduled for Saturday. Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph and former Orioles outfielder Al Bumbry were scheduled to appear at the event.