FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -Baltimore Orioles manager Dave Trembley chose Jeremy Guthrie to start March 31 against Tampa Bay, rewarding him for a breakthrough 2007 with the opening day assignment at Camden Yards.
``The guy certainly showed us what he can do last season. He's had a tremendous spring,'' Trembley said Saturday before the Orioles and Marlins were rained out. ``I think it's the right thing to do. I think it sets up the rest of the rotation the best possible way.''
A year ago, Guthrie fought his way onto the Orioles' staff after being claimed on waivers from Cleveland during the offseason. A first-round pick by the Indians in 2002, Guthrie moved into the Baltimore rotation by May, finishing the year at 7-5 with a 3.70 ERA in 32 appearances, including 26 starts.
a chance to win the game.''
Guthrie, 28, was 6-5 with a 3.44 ERA in his starts, and allowed two or more runs in only three of his first 17 starts last year.
Right-hander Daniel Cabrera, left-hander Adam Loewen and right-hander Steve Trachsel, signed to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation, should be part of the starting five. The fifth starter's job is still up for grabs between right-hander Matt Albers and left-hander Brian Burres, or the Orioles could round out the rotation through a trade or waiver claim.
``I'm not close to it at all ... I'm going to wait until I say it,'' Trembley said.
In other news, the Orioles reassigned catcher Omir Santos, outfielder Luis Terrero and infielder Mike Costanzo to their minor league camp in Sarasota, Fla., on Saturday.

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