For the better part of a decade, Brian Roberts was one of the faces of the Orioles. As his wife found out this week, things have changed.

Roberts’ wife, Diana, was heading from the stands to meet her husband after a game when a member of Yankees security stopped her. The guard knew her name was Diana, but quickly admitted, “I don’t know your last name.”

“It’s just different to be the guy in the back that nobody cares about or knows about,” Roberts said with a smile.

The Yankees are hopeful that will change this season, as Roberts is being asked to fill Robinson Cano’s sizeable shoes. He has no intention of trying to fill the stat line the way Cano has since 2005, but that’s the beauty of the job for Roberts; he knows that’s not part of the job description.

“When you play here, even though you’re taking over for Robbie, I still don’t think anyone is expecting or thinks that I have to go out and do a ton,” Roberts said before going 1-for-1 with a walk against his old team Tuesday night. “They just want me to be on the field with a uniform on for the most part. The rest is icing on the cake.”

Staying on the field has been a challenge for the 36-year-old, who has appeared in only 192 games during the past four seasons thanks to a number of different injuries. He was in the lineup again Tuesday night, playing his first back-to-back games of the spring.