Club lends players, but still wins


March 10, 1995|By Buster Olney | Buster Olney,Sun Staff Writer

PETERSBURG, FLA. — ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Orioles minor-leaguers played with a heightened intensity yesterday -- probably because, for the first time this spring, they were playing someone other than themselves.

The Orioles faced Eckerd College of St. Petersburg. Eckerd was short on pitching, so manager Phil Regan provided pitchers and catchers for the Tritons. Eckerd's position players, however, were college players.

The Orioles had to scramble to win, 2-1. Second baseman Bobby DeJardin's line-drive single in the bottom of the eighth drove in the decisive run.

"Just another easy win," Regan said jokingly.

Tomlin throws again

Former Pirates left-hander Randy Tomlin worked out yesterday for a second time for the Orioles at the Buck O'Neil Baseball Complex in Sarasota, and showed improved arm strength.

Syd Thrift, the Orioles' director of player development, is interested in signing Tomlin to a minor-league contract.

Tomlin is coming off arm problems and is gradually building back arm strength. Regan said that he envisions Tomlin pitching in Triple-Aat the start of this season, and perhaps being ready by mid-June.

The old college try

Near the end of yesterday's exhibition, Regan stood alongside catcher Hector Castaneda -- an Orioles farmhand who was in the lineup for the Tritons and was preparing to bat in the top of the eighth inning -- and mentioned that he hoped the Orioles wouldn't lose to a college team.

Castaneda thought for a moment, and then asked Regan, "Do you want me to strike out?"

Regan laughed heartily as he recounted the story. "I said, 'no, no.' But it was nice of him to ask."

Castaneda, batting with two out in the ninth, singled to center field.

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