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Let the Games Begin (Sort Of)

Today is the first day of the exhibition season and the Orioles kick it off at home against the Mets with pitcher Brad Hennessey starting opposite New York reliever Sean Green.

Hennessey, in his first season with the Orioles, is hoping to land one of the two open slots in the starting rotation (Jeremy Guthrie, Koji Uehara and Rich Hill are expected to have spots already sewn up).

One would think getting the nod as the starter in the first exhibition would be a good indication but both Hennessey and Orioles manager Dave Trembley are downplaying the significance.

"It's not a big deal," Hennessey said. "Just go out there and get your work in. I don't know how much we're throwing, but it'll be nice to get the first one out of the way and get things started."

Baltimore signed Hennessey as a minor league free agent after the right-hander spent all five of his major league seasons with the San Francisco Giants. Hennessey's most productive year as a starter came in 2005 when he posted a 5-8 record and a 4.64 ERA over 21 starts and 118 innings but since then has been used primarily as a reliever with limited success.

Hennessey, a first-round selection in 2001, is hoping a change in scenery will do him good, admitting that a shot to be in the rotation is part of what drew him to the Orioles.

Of course Hennessey will not be the only Orioles pitcher jostling for a spot in the team's rotation today. Following Hennessey, the Mets are slated to see Chris Waters, David Pauley, Brian Bass and Jim Miller, and all but Miller are hoping to be starters.

By CJ Holley  |  February 25, 2009; 10:07 AM ET
Categories:  Giants , Mets , Orioles  
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Comments

someone explain to me what the heck this is doing here... is this Baseball Insider by the Baltimore Sun?

Posted by: andreekless | February 25, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

I think that they are throwing a bone to the "bi-fans," as a recent letter to the editor called them, since the Post is no longer giving much coverage to that team in the dead-tree edition.

I'm a mono-fan, myself, as is evidenced by my moniker, but as the BI blog deals with MLB in general, I don't think that such a post is misplaced here.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | February 26, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

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