Spring break

March 02, 1997|By Roch Eric Kubatko

What the Orioles did yesterday: They brought 24 players to Viera, Fla., for their first road game of the exhibition season, an 8-7 loss to the Florida Marlins that dropped their record to 1-2. The Orioles scored three runs in the ninth, taking advantage of four walks by Marlins closer Robb Nen and a two-run single by Jeffrey Hammonds (3-for-5).

What the Orioles will do today: Return to Fort Lauderdale Stadium and continue their Grapefruit League schedule with a 1: 05 p.m. game against the Montreal Expos. Mike Mussina will make his second start, followed by left-hander Rick Krivda, Shawn Boskie, Brian Williams and Giovanni Carrara. The teams also will play a B game at 10 a.m., with the Orioles throwing Jimmy Haynes, Tom Davey and Francisco Saneaux.

You know it's spring training when: Cal Ripken doesn't play. Yesterday, he stayed behind in Fort Lauderdale and B. J. Surhoff started at third, much to the chagrin of fans who had brought various Ripken-related items to be autographed. Ripken has given Johnson a schedule of which games he wants to play this spring, and the manager said he'd abide by it.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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