ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Mike Devereaux missed a second straight game to nurse a slight groin injury, but Brady Anderson appears to be fully recovered from his ankle injuries.
Darrell Sherman started in center field yesterday against the Kansas City Royals while Devereaux rested. Anderson had played nine innings the night before after playing in a "B" squad game Thursday.
Anderson has three stolen bases in as many attempts in his past two games. "If you steal three bases in two days, I guess you're running OK," said Orioles manager John Oates.
It's possible Devereaux might get an additional day off today, when the Orioles meet the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater.
Poole to pitch
Jim Poole, the left-handed reliever who has been behind the rest of the pitchers all spring because of a sore shoulder, will make his exhibition debut today against the Phillies.
"He'll pitch one inning," said Oates. Poole has been restricted by a case of shoulder tendinitis that kept him from throwing for one week at the start of camp.
For starters, they're great
The Orioles have gone four straight games without their starting pitcher allowing a run. Overall, the starters have given up only two runs in 25 innings, which works out to an ERA of 0.72.
Four times in the eight games played thus far, the starting pitcher has not allowed a hit. Mike Mussina has pitched five scoreless and hitless innings in his two appearances, and Ben McDonald has yielded just one hit.
McDonald starts today
McDonald is scheduled to make his third start of the exhibition season today against the Phillies. He will be followed by left-hander Arthur Rhodes.
The Phillies will pitch rookie right-hander Tyler Green, their No. 1 draft choice of last June.
Good day for Dempsey
Rick Dempsey didn't do anything to hurt his chances of winning the Orioles' No. 2 catching job yesterday.
The 42-year-old veteran had a single and a double in three at-bats, his first hits of the spring, and threw out the only runner who tried to steal against him.
The job as backup to Chris Hoiles apparently has come down to a duel between Dempsey and Jeff Tackett, 26.
Around the horn
The Orioles have outscored their opponents 29-5 in the first five innings of the eight exhibitions. . . . Defensively the club has committed only three errors -- two in the past seven games. . . . Mike Flanagan and Todd Frohwirth worked one perfect inning apiece to wrap up yesterday's win.
After facing the Phillies today, the Orioles move to the east coast of Florida for two days. They will meet the Yankees in Fort Lauderdale tomorrow night and the Montreal Expos in West Palm Beach on Tuesday afternoon.