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Added manager Buck Showalter: "You'd have to show me somebody better. We get the great fortune to watch him play every day, and I would certainly debate that point on Nicky's behalf. ... If we can play better as a team this year, I think more people around baseball will realize what we already know."


Whoops! Worng thread. Go O's.

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"I was with these guys a couple days ago, so it doesn't feel that much different," said Britton, who posted a staff-leading 1.35 ERA in Spring Training. "I'm sure when I get out there, and hopefully there's a full crowd out there, I'm sure I'll be a little nervous."

At first, Britton was admittedly disappointed to be assigned to Triple-A. Between his performance last season -- when he was named the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year -- and this spring, Britton expected to make the big league team. After he didn't, he credited a talk with veteran pitcher Mark Hendrickson for putting himself in the right frame of mind.

"Obviously, I wanted to be here with the team, but Mark took me out to lunch and sat me down and just told me you can't really control that stuff," Britton said. "We thought I was going to be in Norfolk, and he told me to go down there and take care of my business, and when it was my time to be up, be up. I think that really helped me. The next day in camp, I came in there and took care of my business. Then, obviously, this happened and I came here."

"So far it's been everything I thought it would be. Obviously, [sunday] will be a very special moment, not just for me but for my family," said Britton, a Panorama City, Calif., native who had close to 30 tickets for his debut. "Everyone's here, so it'll really be exciting [sunday], and I'm really looking forward to it."

He's a little nervous.
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O's Lineup:










Orioles-Rays lineups in series finale; Scott likely out a couple of games


B.J. Upton, CF

Johnny Damon, LF

Ben Zobrist, 2B

Manny Ramirez, DH

Kelly Shoppach, C

Sean Rodriguez, 3B

Elliot Johnson, SS

Dan Johnson, 1B

Sam Fuld, RF

Wade Davis, SP

I'm sure you've noticed that Luke Scott is not in the Orioles' lineup. That will likely be the case until at least Wednesday. Scott is dealing with some tightness in his right groin that started about four or five days ago. He felt it while trying to beat out a double play last night. Scott does not believe it is a disabled list situation.
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I'm feeling confident about today. And now I know I won't be re only Orioles fan there like last time. Maybe I'll spot Roy!

He is sitting with Larry King today. Not sure if he is in row five again or not.

Enjoy the game and bring home that broom.

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It's been two years since we've been able to say that we're going for a sweep in the very first series of the season. :scratchchinhmm:

We couldn't finish off the Yanks then. Let's finish off the D-Rays now.

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Johnny Damon has been scratched from the Tampa Bay lineup.

Rumor has it he's at Sea World working on his outfield dolphin routine.

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You should go pro.

You have given out too much Reputation in the last 24 hours, try again later.

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