Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins yesterday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Ups and downs
UP: Jimmy Key. Five innings mark his longest outing since Sept. 16.
UP: Jeff Reboulet. Lays down a sacrifice bunt in the first inning, leading to a run, raps a double in the fifth and singles in the seventh.
EVEN: Jesus Tavarez. Whiffs on a fly ball to right field in the fifth inning, allowing Javier Valentin to reach second base, then leads off the sixth with a double to right and scores the go-ahead run.
UP: Chris Hoiles. Throws out a runner trying to steal in the third inning and singles to bring home the go-ahead run in the sixth.
UP: Jeffrey Hammonds. Still waiting for his homer to land.
UP: Ozzie Guillen. Patient enough to work the count to 2-0 with the bases loaded and no outs in the eighth, then drills a two-run double to right field. His first two RBIs this spring.
The Orioles scored in the first inning without getting a hit, using a leadoff walk, sacrifice bunt, throwing error and groundout to take a 1-0 lead. First baseman Calvin Pickering could bat .400 if all of his games were in Fort Myers. He had two more hits and also reached on a walk. Hammonds' three-run shot capped a five-run eighth. Ryan Minor had two more hits and is batting .359 (14-for-39). Harold Baines walked three times. Catcher Melvin Rosario went 1-for-2 after replacing Hoiles and is 7-for-15 this spring.
Key retired the first seven batters before giving up one run and five hits over five innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out one. Left-hander Rick Krivda pitched two hitless innings, striking out one. The club will need to make a decision on him soon. Contracts are guaranteed in a few days. Doug Johns had another rough outing, giving up two hits and a run, and walking one, in the eighth. Alan Mills retired the side in the ninth. Miller had considered bringing in left-hander Arthur Rhodes to get the final out, but decided against it.
The Twins didn't help themselves on the bases in the third inning. Denny Hocking was thrown out at second by Hoiles after delivering an RBI single, and Otis Nixon was picked off second by Key after a two-out double. Tavarez pinch ran for Eric Davis in the fourth inning and was thrown out trying to steal second. When the Orioles loaded the bases in the fourth, they weren't exactly the image of a relay team. Baines, Hoiles and Pickering won't set any land speed records. Double-A outfielder Bryan Bogle, who was summoned from the minor-league camp, pinch ran for B. J. Surhoff in the seventh inning and played left field.
Quote of the day
"This is one of the worst stadiums I've ever pitched in. I can barely see [the ball] coming back from the catcher. It's so bright and everything's aluminum and white." -- Key on the Lee County Sports Complex