The morning scene

Players are lined up in the clubhouse to take their physicals before the first workout.

Brian Matusz and Chris Tillman arrived together again today, and they walked out together to grab breakfast. They stretched on the field together yesterday. You could say they're inseparable.

Reliever Wilfrido Perez said his left arm is fine after he underwent surgery over the summer to remove bone chips from his elbow.

Perez will compete for the job of lefty specialist, but I'm still guessing that he begins the season at Triple-A Norfolk to pile up more innings.

Going back to the Strat-O-Matic defensive rankings, Adam Jones is given a 1 in center field on the 1-to-5 scale (1 being the highest).

Brian Roberts is a 3 at second base, and Matt Wieters is a 3 behind the plate. Ty Wigginton is a 4 at every infield position and left field.

Another reminder about tomorrow night's fundraiser for Billy Redman, step-son of Old Mill High graduate Dave Cook (class of '77), who's being treated for a brain tumor at Johns Hopkins.

The event is being held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Beefalo Bob's Reflections Hall on Fort Smallwood Rd. in Baltimore. Tickets can be held for you at the door if you send an e-mail to thebillyredmanfund@gmail.com.

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