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ORIOLES: Jeff Reboulet will start at second base on Opening Day in place of Roberto Alomar, who will begin the season serving a five-game suspension for spitting at umpire John Hirschbeck in September. Reboulet entered camp in a battle with Kelly Gruber and Manny Alexander for the right to start Tuesday against the Royals at Camden Yards. Alexander was traded; Gruber, who struggled in the early going, likely will start the season at Triple-A Rochester.

C Brady Anderson said he was day-to-day after X-rays on his bruised ribs showed no breaks.

C Lenny Webster suffered what is thought to be a slight groin pull when former Oriole Joe Orsulak slid into him during the Marlins' 8-5 win.

C Tim Laker was claimed off waivers from the Expos. RHP Hector Ramirez was sent to Rochester, RHP Brian Williams was assigned to the minor-league camp and INF Danny Magee, a Rule V draft selection, was returned to the Braves organization.

DODGERS: Reliever Darren Hall, angry about being sent to Triple A, asked to be traded, but executive vice president Fred Claire said no.

Starter Ismael Valdes gave up 13 hits and 12 earned runs in 3 innings of a 20-7 loss to the Mets at Vero Beach, where a stiff wind blew out all afternoon. "I couldn't throw strikes," he said. "My slider, breaking ball, changeup and fastball were all wild. It was like they took a vacation."

_ TIMES WIRES

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