While the Orioles get ready to embark on a three-city, seven-game road trip, reliever Alan Mills leaves today for Sarasota, Fla., where the weather is warmer and the club has its extended spring training. He'll throw batting practice as part of his rehabilitation of a pinched nerve in his neck that has kept him on the disabled list for more than a month.
"I figure it would be good to go down there and at least pitch to live hitters, even though I have a screen in front of me. Just kind of get used to the ball coming off the bat and seeing the hitter up there. I haven't seen that in a while," he said.