It might be a wrap for Reynolds at third base

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Mark Reynolds will start getting work at first base after a rough start to the season at third base.

Reynolds, who made a league-worst 31 errors in 2011, spent parts of the second half of last year playing first base. But the Orioles were dedicated to him focusing primarily on third base in spring training.

In the opening homestead, he made two errors -- not counting a foul pop up that he overran and missed by about three feet.

Reynolds was the designated hitter in the first game of the series in Toronto after a rough homestead defensively. Reynolds was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts Friday. He has 10 strikeouts in seven games.

Versatile infielder and regular designated hitter Wilson Betemit played third base Friday, going 1-for-4 with the go-ahead RBI. Betemit also had a hand in one of three double plays on defense.

Despite Reynolds' struggles at third, the Orioles probably won't start Betemit more than once or twice a week at third base

The Orioles also have Rule 5 pick Ryan Flaherty and everyday first baseman Chris Davis capable of playing third base.

There is no plan of succession at third base, with virtually no upper-tier prospects at the position. Shortstop Manny Machado, not due in Baltimore until late 2013 at the earliest, could be the closest thing to highly-touted infield help.

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