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Ubaldo, Yoon throw first 'pen sessions for O's

Ubaldo, Yoon throw first 'pen sessions for O's

SARASOTA, Fla. -- New Orioles pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and Suk-min Yoon each threw their first bullpen sessions in a Baltimore uniform on Thursday morning at the Ed Smith Stadium complex.

"Ubaldo, especially, was anxious to get out there," manager Buck Showalter said of Jimenez, who spent the early part of his day being introduced at a news conference. "He handled himself well, didn't he? Impressive."

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Showalter wasn't sure what the next step was for either player, and he would confer with pitching coach Dave Wallace before publicly announcing that. However, he seemed pretty sure that both Jimenez and Yoon wouldn't just jump right in and throw to hitters the next time out.

Showalter also noted that Thursday's practice went particularly crisp and said it was one of the better ones he's had as the Orioles manager. Could there be a little different vibe in the locker room with the recent additions of Yoon and Jimenez?

"Yeah, a little bit," he said. "It's something that you've been in locker rooms for a long time, you know. … You walk through locker rooms many times during a season, you know sometimes you got it going on. There's just a feeling in there. I can't [describe it]."

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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