Game in review

March 26, 2000|By Joe Strauss

Highlights and lowlights from the Orioles' 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

UP -- Jose Mercedes: Doesn't have a roster spot right now but might have the fourth spot in the rotation on April 3.

DOWN -- Infield madness: Jiu-jitsu, karate, tae kwan do, playing shortstop at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. They're all forms of self-defense.

DOWN -- Team speed: Ground balls are useless with this lineup.

UP -- Tim Worrell: Leading battle with Al Reyes for final bullpen spot. Contract says he must learn his fate before Tuesday.

EVEN -- Mike Bordick: Atones for bad-hop error with diving double play. Stranded go-ahead run at third in eighth.

DOWN -- Cal Ripken: Looked bad on breaking pitches. About time for him to dial it up.

The bats

For the second time in four days, the Orioles were held hitless for five innings. Ageless Dodgers starter Orel Hershiser contained them before Willy Morales led off the sixth with a single. B. J. Surhoff contributed an RBI single in the sixth while returning to left field. Luckless Wayne Kirby was robbed on an over-the-shoulder catch by first baseman Chris Donnells to end the fifth.

The arms

Mercedes has done nothing wrong during the entire camp. His four innings were quick and clean except for a two-out error behind him. Worrell had three solid innings but took the loss after failing to finish Jose Vizcaino with two strikes and two outs in the ninth. In Jupiter, Calvin Maduro surrendered three runs in five innings while Buddy Groom, B. J. Ryan and Chuck McElroy combined for four perfect innings.

The rest

Yesterday marked two weeks since Brady Anderson lost sensation in his left foot. There's no timetable for his return. Rookie Matt Riley was optioned to Rochester only hours before he was to make his second appearance of the spring. Still, the Orioles downplayed Friday morning altercation with Fort Lauderdale police as less than an "incident." Yesterday marked the Orioles' only split-squad activity this spring. Additional roster moves are expected Tuesday, but the club may leave Florida with as many as 31 players.

Quote of the day

"If you ask me, I'll tell you I've had a good spring. If you ask the team, they might tell you something different." -- Mercedes after surrendering one unearned run in four innings and strengthening his argument for a spot in the rotation.

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