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Bierd Has the Look of a Big Leaguer

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 29, 2008

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 28 -- Just in case he was named to the Baltimore Orioles' Opening Day roster, relief pitcher Randor Bierd thought it would be smart to buy a suit. Team rules require those on the big league roster to travel in business attire, so Bierd rushed off the team bus Thursday night and headed to Marshall's.

On Friday, Bierd couldn't help but smile as he slipped on the black suit he bought off the rack.

"The manager is confident," Bierd said of Dave Trembley. "He told me today that I have the stuff to help the bullpen. I just want to do my job."

Bierd's spot in the bullpen was one of several roster decisions made on Friday, the Orioles' last day of spring training.

"He told me this was the best day of his life today, and that made it all worthwhile for me," Trembley said. "We were very fortunate the way he's pitched."

Bierd, a Rule 5 draft choice from the Detroit Tigers, posted a 2.38 ERA in 10 games.

"I was a little bit scared because I didn't know where I was going," said Bierd, who was prepared to wear the suit even if he had been sent to the minors.

Trembley named left-hander Brian Burres the team's fifth starter and filled out his bullpen with hard-throwing right-hander Dennis Sarfate, former Arizona closer Greg Aquino and former Houston Astros right-hander Matt Albers, who will serve as a long reliever after losing the competition for the fifth-starter job.

Trembley also divulged the order of his rotation. Jeremy Guthrie will pitch Opening Day followed by Daniel Cabrera, Steve Trachsel and left-hander Adam Loewen. Burres won't be needed as a starter until April 6.

Two Placed on DL

The Orioles placed reliever Rocky Cherry (right shoulder strain) on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. Cherry, 27, will report to extended spring training in Sarasota despite posting a 0.90 ERA with 10 strikeouts over 10 innings in eight Grapefruit League games.

Reliever Jim Hoey (right bicep tendinitis) was also placed on the DL and will join Cherry in Sarasota.

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