Following an off season in which the Baltimore Orioles were criticized by national media and by many fans for the moves they didn’t make, one of the few trades they did make propelled the O’s to a 5-3 victory over Minnesota in yesterday’s Grapefruit League opener. Admittedly that sentence along with the headline is a bit of a tongue-in-cheek joke given that wins and losses really mean nothing until April 2nd. However the fact is that when an athlete puts on a uniform, regardless of the stakes (exhibition game, regular season, etc) he’s playing to win. So it had to feel good for Trayvon Robinson drive in the eventual winning runs in the last of the eighth, especially given that the Orioles traded Robert Andino to Seattle for Robinson in the off season.

The Orioles used a total of nine pitchers in yesterdays game, with each guy getting an inning. Zach Britton got the start; for the record, Britton’s line: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K. It’s tough to tell anything from one inning of work, however it’s worth noting that Britton allowed two base runners but battled out of the mini-jam. I’ve said before that the nature of the position (pitcher) is that a guy’s going to get in trouble. That’s how the game is designed, however it’s how you handle the trouble that separates the men from the boys. Jake Arrieta allowed a walk, and Tommy Hunter a two-run homer.

Brian Roberts went 0-for-2 (two groundouts) in the game before leaving Ed Smith Stadium immediately after his second at bat to attend his best friend’s wedding. (As a result, Roberts will not be on today’s trip to Dunedin for the game against the Toronto Blue Jays.) One extremely positive sign was that Chris Davis had a flawless day at first base for the Birds (Davis also went 2-for-2 at the plate).