Spring break

March 11, 1997|By Roch Eric Kubatko

What the Orioles did yesterday: Improved their record to 8-0-1 in their last nine games with an 8-5 win over the Atlanta Braves at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Rafael Palmeiro knocked in four runs and Mike Bordick went 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

What the Orioles will do today: Play the Philadelphia Phillies for the only time this spring, in the first of two night games at Fort Lauderdale Stadium (7: 05 p.m.). Right-hander Mike Mussina (1-0, 1.80 ERA) will start for the Orioles, followed by Rule 5 draftee Mike Johnson, Terry Mathews and Randy Myers.

You know it's spring training when: Former major-league catcher and broadcaster Joe Garagiola and former outfielder Bill Tuttle visit the clubhouse. They spoke to the Orioles for 45 minutes yesterday morning as part of the National Spit Tobacco Education Program. Tuttle, who first started using tobacco as a player in the 1950s, had part of the right side of his face removed after doctors found a tumor in 1993 -- the first of his five operations. Infielder Kelly Gruber had a can of Copenhagen in his locker. "I haven't put any in my mouth, and I don't think it will happen."

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