For Mil­lar, A Re­turn To Out­field

The Washington Post Sunday - - Sports - By Jorge Aran­gure Jr.

NEW YORK, April 7 — Kevin Mil­lar made his first start for the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles in left field on Satur­day. Last sea­son Mil­lar split time be­tween first base and des­ig­nated hit­ter.

“If you look back, I’ve played a lot of out­field,” Mil­lar said. “Last year was the first year I didn’t play any, so it’s not like it’s a for­eign ob­ject or any­thing. I played a lot of right field when [Trot] Nixon would go down [with the Red Sox] and played a lot of left field with the Mar­lins be­cause we had Der­rek Lee. It’s re­ally not a big deal, it’s just that I haven’t played an in­ning” since 2005.

Mil­lar has played 363 games in the out­field, 193 of them in left field. Ori­oles Man­ager Sam Per­lozzo said he wanted to give left fielder Jay Gib­bons a day off.

“We want Gibby to stay healthy, that’s one thing,” Per­lozzo said. “We got three guys that have to go out there and play. They all play the same po­si­tion. We’ll let Kevin go out there to­day and make sure Gibby is good and we’ll use him off the bench and then we’ll get him back in there.”

Tre­bel­horn Un­cer­tain

The Ori­oles are un­sure when bench coach Tom Tre­bel­horn will re­join the team. Tre­bel­horn trav­eled to Ari­zona on Thurs­day to tend to his wife, El­iz­a­beth Black, who suf­fered a brain aneurysm in Fe­bru­ary.

“I’d like to tell you that I think he’ll be here on a reg­u­lar ba­sis but that’s a very del­i­cate sit­u­a­tion when he needs to be home at cer­tain times to take care of his wife,” Per­lozzo said. “We feel com­fort­able with Dave Trem­b­ley in the dugout. I think we have some peo­ple in the pen that can take care of that. We’ll work through it as long as we can.”

An­other Er­ror

Ori­oles short­stop Miguel Te­jada com­mit­ted his third er­ror of the sea­son in the fifth in­ning on Satur­day when he bounced a throw to first base­man Chris Gomez, al­low­ing Derek Jeter to reach base. Last sea­son Te­jada com­mit­ted just 19 er­rors, tied for the low­est to­tal of his ca­reer.

“I don’t nec­es­sar­ily know if he’s work­ing his way in, he’s had a cou­ple of weird plays hap­pen to him,” Per­lozzo said. “I to­tally ex­pect Miguel to play good de­fense for us and prob­a­bly play bet­ter than last year. He’s in much bet­ter shape than what he started the sea­son with [last year].”

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