BALTIMORE (AP) -- Long before Thursday night's game against Tampa Bay was postponed by rain, several members of the Baltimore Orioles were already looking forward to a visit from the Seattle Mariners.
There will be handshakes and hugs at the outset of the four-game series Friday, because former Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo and one-time ace Erik Bedard will be in the visitors' clubhouse and former Mariners George Sherrill and Adam Jones are now on the Baltimore side.The Rays, meanwhile, head to Yankee Stadium for a four-game series against New York. Tampa Bay split its first two games in Baltimore, winning the opener 6-2 on Monday before blowing a pair of three-run leads in a 9-6 loss Wednesday night.The rainout disappointed Rays manager Joe Maddon, who said, "Don't like it. We already had a day and a half off with opening day in the afternoon. Too much idle time on the road. We wanted to play and get the game in."Maddon will keep his rotation of Andy Sonnanstine, Edwin Jackson, James Shields and Jason Hammel. Matt Garza will pitch the home opener against Seattle on Tuesday."That's what we have now. If it rains tomorrow, we'll have to rethink it," Maddon said.No makeup date was announced for Thursday's rainout. Steve Trachsel, Baltimore's scheduled starter, will instead make his season debut Friday against Seattle.Were it not for Perlozzo, Orioles manager Dave Trembley might still be working in the minor leagues. It's ironic that Trembley replaced the fired Perlozzo last June, because it was Perlozzo who got Trembley to Baltimore in the first place."I've gone on record as saying I'll be forever indebted to Sam Perlozzo for what he did for me," Trembley said Thursday. "What he did for me is what a lot of guys said they were going to do and never came through and did. Sam told me he would get me to the big leagues, and he did."Perlozzo brought in Trembley as his bullpen coach before the 2007 season. By mid-June, the Orioles were in last place, so the team fired Perlozzo and made Trembley -- who had 20 years of experience in the minor leagues -- the interim manager.Perlozzo was hired during the offseason to be Seattle's third base coach. He will probably receive a handshake from Trembley and a warm reception from the fans at Camden Yards.The relationship between the Mariners and Orioles goes deeper than that. Bedard was sent to Seattle in February in the trade that brought five players to Baltimore, including Jones and Sherrill."Hopefully I won't start walking to their dugout out of habit. I was telling some of the guys the other day, it was a little weird taking the field from this dugout when you're used to taking it from the other one," Sherrill said. "It will be a little different, but once the game starts, it's the same as usual -- just a different jersey."Jones suspected he would feel the same way."It's just a game. I knew I was going to play them eventually. It's not different," the center fielder said. "I'm just going to go out and do what I can do for this team here. I'm not going to go out there and do more than I have to do."Bedard is scheduled to pitch Sunday. Given his tendency to hide his emotions, it seems likely that he will also treat it just another start."You think he's going to have feelings when the games starts, that he's going to give in?" Jones asked. "No."