* The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck checks in with assorted notes and soundbites leading up to today's Orioles-Red Sox game at City of Palms Park in Fort Myer
Troy Patton was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk today, but not because he did anything wrong. In fact, Dave Trembley was very impressed with his performance in yesterday's "B" game against the Pirates in Bradenton.
"Patton was very good,'' Trembley said. "We had him at 91 (mph). That's the best I've seen him since the surgery. He said it was the best he's felt since then."
Trembley said that he originally intended to rotate Ty Wigginton around the infield over the next couple of weeks, but the Brian Roberts situation has forced him to make second base a greater priority than the other positions.
Dave on Brandon Erbe: "Erbe said he had a blast. He enjoyed it (in major league camp). I was very impressed with him, not so much his stuff as his demeanor. He has good mound presence and very good life on his pitches. He was assigned to Norfolk. I don't know if he's going to pitch there, but he's going to pitch in the big leagues."
Dave on Luis Lebron: "He has a major league fastball and a sharp slider. He's going to pitch in the big leagues, too."