It appears that right-hander Tommy Hunter will enter the Grapefruit League exhibition season with the inside track to win the Orioles' closer role, but he said he isn't going to change much about his bullpen routine.

"If that opportunity presents itself, I'm going to be me," he said. "I'm going to try to get a little better from last year and see where that takes us."

Hunter had very solid year in middle and setup relief in 2013. He appeared in 68 games and finished 6-5 with a strong 2.81 ERA. He'll have to deal with the challenge of pitching several days in a row, but he said he got a lot of good advice pitching in the same bullpen with Jim Johnson and Francisco Rodriguez.

"I got to talk to Jim for a couple years while I was here,'' he said. "I got moved to the bullpen and they [the other relievers] gave me their helpful insight. And K-Rod was with us last year, too, and I played catch with him every day.

"The adjustment going from the rotation to the bullepn definitely was different. Pitching in general is challenging and changing roles sometimes is a little hard, too, and you've got to get used to it. You've got to figure out your routine. That's basically what they taught me is just stay in a routine and let it eat."