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Roberts makes the trip, but no timetable for his return

The Sports Xchange

--2B Brian Roberts traveled with the Orioles to Toronto on Friday as he continues to recover from the effects of a concussion he sustained last May. Roberts hasn't played in an affiliated game since the concussion -- his second in under a year -- and it's undetermined when he'll get back on the field. He plans to travel to Chicago, but is unsure about staying with the team for the Los Angeles end of the 10-game trip.

--LF Nolan Reimold had a big game Friday from the leadoff spot. Reimold was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, including his first home run of the season, a solo shot that served as an insurance run in the ninth. Reimold, who typically hits in a power slot, seems to have adjusted well to batting leadoff in 2B Brian Roberts' absence.

--CF Adam Jones has a 10-game hitting streak dating to last season. Jones was 3-for-4 with his second home run of the season and two RBI in Friday's win. Jones has solidified himself as the Orioles' cleanup hitter, and he's also dedicated himself to stealing more bases, too.

--2B Robert Andino hit his first home run of the season in Friday's win. Andino brings high energy, hustle and intangibles to the club, but he probably won't bring the same extra-base pop that Brian Roberts provided from the second base position. He was 1-for-4 Friday and had a hand in two of the three double plays turned by the Orioles.

--RHP Matt Lindstrom should be ready to go Saturday or Sunday after battling back spasms Wednesday. Lindstrom has been receiving treatment on his back since spring training, and credits the issue with a variety of beds he slept on during spring training. He said he's comfortable with the bed he ordered for his home in Baltimore and doesn't foresee the problem continuing through the season.

1 -- Hit allowed by the Orioles' bullpen in three innings of shutout relief Friday.

"You know, we stay away from the mule lips sometimes when a guy's not playing, because it's what's best for the Orioles. That's what it's all about." -- Manager Buck Showalter, on the Orioles ability to shuffle their versatile infielders.

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