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Rain Further Muddles Arms Race

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes it rains. Think about that for a while."

- Nuke LaLoosh, Bull Durham

Of course, in the Orioles case, you can get a couple of those things to happen on the same day. Such was the situation Wednesday when the Orioles saw the first game of a scheduled doubleheader rained out.

The rain held off long enough for the Orioles to play the second game, a 3-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, but the biggest loss was that of another chance to evaluate several pitchers still in the conversation for the starting rotation.

Adam Eaton made his second start of the spring for the Orioles, going four innings while allowing two runs (one earned) and striking out two. The bigger pitching story was how the team plans to evaluate the rest of the guys vying for a spot in the rotation.

Essentially everyone gets pushed back a day and Brad Bergesen and Brian Bass will pitch in a minor league game against the Red Sox on Friday while Alfredo Simon will start today against the Nationals.

Manager Dave Trembley had hoped to have a better idea of his rotation after Wednesday's games but injuries, poor performance and now weather have delayed that decision until possibly Friday.

"I was hoping I would get enough guys in there to pitch [Wednesday] that the scenario would become a little clearer," he said. "But obviously with the one rainout today, it has not afforded me that chance."

Clearly Trembley is just looking for someone, anyone, to announce his presence with authority.

By CJ Holley  |  March 19, 2009; 8:34 AM ET
Categories:  Orioles  
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