"I want to go back to 2004," he said, noting the year he hit for a career-high average (.340). "I don't believe in bad luck. I've had a great year every year, but it doesn't mean I'm going to hit .340 every year. As long as you drive in runs, I'll be happy."Bumps and bruises: Freddie Bynum left the facility early on Tuesday to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test on his right knee. The utilityman has been limited in recent days and isn't sure when he'll be able to return. "I'm just going to get it checked out to make sure nothing's seriously wrong," he said. "It's precautionary more than anything else. ... I think it's just soreness, but you have to find out what's really wrong with it instead of assuming something." Dotted line: In a story first reported by the Baltimore Sun, right fielder Nick Markakis had his contract extended on Tuesday afternoon. Markakis, who has two strong seasons with the Orioles under his belt, was reportedly granted a modest raise (from $400,000 to $455,000) and will be eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2008 season. Flu shots: The Orioles lost another member of their team to illness on Tuesday, when outfielder Chris Roberson was forced home in the early afternoon. Fellow outfielder Jay Payton and hitting coach Terry Crowley are also ill. Cuts: Baltimore sent three coaches -- Denny Walling, Alex Arias and Butch Davis -- to the team's Minor League complex in Sarasota, Fla. Baltimore manager Dave Trembley said that the first player cuts will follow shortly thereafter, but he said he's not sure how many players will be involved or how prominent they may be in terms of future prospects. "I'll meet with [president of baseball operations Andy] MacPhail [on Wednesday] morning," he said of the decision-making process. "These guys have played very well, though. They're getting a lot of at-bats, too." Quotable "They want me to go ahead and throw a lot of fastballs. ... Use the fastball a lot, go after guys with the sinker and make them hit that." -- Albers, verbalizing what the Orioles want him to do Up next: The Orioles and Marlins will play their third game of the spring on Wednesday, and Baltimore will send Steve Trachsel to the mound for his second start. Baltimore and Florida will play seven times.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.