Spring break

March 09, 1997|By Roch Eric Kubatko

What the Orioles did yesterday: For the second time this spring, they made four errors and still won. Manny Alexander's two-run homer in the eighth gave the Orioles an 8-7 victory over the Montreal Expos. Four of the six runs off right-hander Scott Erickson were unearned.

What the Orioles will do today: Return to West Palm Beach for the third time in four days, taking on the Expos. Right-hander Rocky Coppinger, who hasn't allowed an earned run in four innings, will make his third start. Also scheduled to pitch are Julio Moreno, Arthur Rhodes and Alan Mills. Former Orioles Anthony Telford and Lee Smith will pitch in relief for Montreal.

You know it's spring training when: It still looks unusual to see the Orioles manufacturing a run. Brady Anderson led off the first with a single and took second on a balk. Mike Bordick, who appealed to the club as a free agent in part because of his ability as a situational hitter, grounded to the right side, moving Anderson to third. Rafael Palmeiro bounced to second, scoring Anderson for a 1-0 lead. It's the type of baseball the Yankees played last year, and should become more commonplace at Camden Yards this summer.

Pub Date: 3/09/97

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