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March 14

Orioles beat the Twins split squad, 9-7. Four of their runs came from beating up on a major league pitcher, Brad Radke, which is good.

Moose finally has a really good outing, and becomes the first Os pitcher to go four innings this spring. Buddy Groom continues to pitch like... Buddy Groom. And Reyes and Trombley both get touched up, too.

                                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
 MUSSINA                           4   2   0   0   0   3   0
 GROOM                             1   3   3   1   1   1   0
 REYES (W)                         2   1   1   1   1   3   0
 TROMBLEY (S)                      1   3   1   1   0   2   1

With roster cuts happening today, fewer ABs are going towards players with no shot.

You've got to assume, I think, that on the real roster, if Conine is out for any length of time that Minor gets his job, since Pickering bats with the wrong hand and can't backup at 3B the way Conine's supposed to and Minor can. Of course, they could go with an extra OF like Kingsale and call Amaral the backup 3Bman.

March 13

The Os lost to Davey's Dodgers, 5-4; they only managed 5 hits (but also 5 walks); one was a Harold Baines homer.

Pat Rapp started and wasn't sharp. According to the Sun,

            Rapp missed a turn while dealing with an infection that cost him a start last week. The infection made it difficult for Rapp to breathe while exercising. He threw his first side session in almost a week Saturday and still hasn't participated in pitchers' normal running drills.            

Matt Riley made his spring debut, after missing a week with "strained left biceps," and pitched 2 scoreless innings. Worrell and McElroy each pitched a scoreless inning, but BJ Ryan gave up a run in the 9th to lose the game.

                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
 RAPP                              3   2   2   2   2   0   0
 RILEY                             2   0   0   0   1   1   0
 BJ RYAN (L)                       1   1   1   1   1   1   0

March 12

Os win 9-8 over a Mets Split Squad. Ex-O Jesse Orosco takes the loss. Ex-O David Lamb is in camp with the Mets, too; he went 2-5 with 2 doubles.

Jason Johnson again gets hit very hard; he has now allowed 15 hits and 10 runs in 9 IP. He has walked 7 and struck out just 3. Gabe Molina also pitches badly; while Mike Timlin gets a 2 inning save but allows a homer.

The big story is probably that Mercedes pitches 3 scoreless innings; for the spring he has pitched 8 innings in 4 outings without allowing a run. He has allowed 5 hits and no walks, while striking out 2.

It's still early in the grapefruit league, but Maduro, Mercedes, Rapp and Worrell are all doing well, while Johnson, Molina, Groom and Dykhoff are doing poorly. (I look at those players as the bubble pitchers.)

                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
 J JOHNSON                         3   7   4   4   2   3   0
 G MOLINA (W)                      1   4   3   3   1   1   1
 TIMLIN (S)                        2   2   1   1   0   1   1

March 11

Os lose, 9-7 to the Tigers. Juan Gonzalez homers twice. Ex-O Jim Poole got the win.

It wasn't an Aruban day. Kingsale went 0-2, and Ponson and Dykhoff got hit very hard. Reyes and Trombley weren't exactly untouchable (3 hits + 3 walks, combined), but they did pitch 3.2 innings without allowing a run.

                   IP      H  R ER BB SO
Ponson              3      7  4  3  1  3
Dykhoff L,0-1         2/3  4  4  4  2  1

March 10

Orioles beat the Marlins, 2-1. The Os managed just 6 hits, all singles.

Maduro, BJ Ryan, and Tim Worrell each had a good outing, pitching 2 scoreless innings. This was Maduro's third outing, though, and he still hasn't been given 3 innings; I'm not sure what that signifies. BJ the pitcher struck out 3 in his 2 IP.



March 9

Os beat St. Louis, 5-4.

All four runs given up by people who won't make the team -- Matt Ryan and Juan Guzman. Mussina, Mercedes, and Reyes pitched 6 scoreless innings.


March 8

Os lose, 6-2 to the Expos. They only manage 4 hits.

Ponson pitches 2 scoreless innings. Timlin and Trombley each contribute a scoreless inning. Jason Johnson got hit hard, and McElroy didn't have a good day, either:

                                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
 PONSON                            2   2   0   0   1   2   0
 J JOHNSON (L)                     3   4   4   4   3   1   0
 C MCELROY                         1   1   2   2   2   1   0

March 7

Os lose, 5-4 to the Mets.

Not a good showing for our young pitchers; starter Maduro and reliever BJ Ryan give up 4 of the 5 Mets runs in 3 IP, though 2 were unearned. And Reyes, if you consider him one of our younger pitchers, gave up the other. Gabe Molina pitched 2 scoreless innings, though.

                   IP      H  R ER BB SO
Maduro              2      3  2  2  0  1
Reyes               1      2  1  1  1  1
Ryan L              1      2  2  0  1  0

March 6

Orioles crush the Dodgers, 17-3. Without homering.


March 5

Os win, 7-5. Moose was bad, while Tim Worrell was shaky:

                   IP      H  R ER BB SO
Mussina             3      6  5  4  0  3
Worrell W,0-1       2      4  0  0  0  1

March 4

Os lose, 10-8. Nobody really cares about that, so I'll just bring up a few tidbits.

  • From the Sun:
                Jeff Conine started at third base yesterday, with Cal Ripken staying
    behind in Fort Lauderdale. Conine had one ball hit to him, and he sent
    it sailing over the head of first baseman Calvin Pickering.
               
    Hey, he's got a perfect fielding record at third base for the Orioles. Two balls have been hit to him in his Os career as a 3bman, and he's thrown both of them away.

  • It wasn't a banner day for the youth movement on the pitching staff; while Mercedes and McElroy each pitched a scoreless innning, Johnson, Ponson, and Molina all got hit hard:
                       IP      H  R ER BB SO
    Johnson             3      4  2  2  2  0
    Ponson              3      5  5  3  1  3
    Molina  L, 0-1        2/3  2  3  3  1  0



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