Roch Around The Clock


March 22, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

Shortstop Miguel Tejada returned to the Orioles' spring training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and spoke to reporters before batting practice yesterday. He didn't exactly fill up our notepads, but that's fine.

Tejada basically said it was good to be back, he enjoyed the experience of playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic and would do it again, he's not tired and leaving camp didn't hurt his preparation for the season because he now has competed in winter ball and the Classic.

He also noted how everyone played hard in the Classic, but also cleanly, since they often were facing major league teammates.

Include Tejada among the players who were impressed by Orioles pitcher Daniel Cabrera, a fellow Dominican. He said Cabrera's ball has more movement on it than in past seasons. I always considered 98 mph to be some serious moving, but that's not what he meant.

Speaking of the Classic, I found it a little strange that Japan was named champion by majority draw.

Try to remain calm, but Anna Benson attended yesterday's game against the New York Mets. ... I'm told her publicist sent out a news release announcing her arrival.

We're still waiting for confirmation that Tim Byrdak's wife also will attend.

I'm sure it's only a coincidence that Anna was here for a game that was being televised back in New York. Stop being so cynical.

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