Orioles 5, Dodgers 3

Rating the players

March 05, 2001|By Roch Kubatko

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Mike Kinkade: Hits the scoreboard with an opposite-field blast off Dodgers ace Kevin Brown in the second inning to begin a productive day.

Jose Leon: The minor-league third baseman singled with two outs in the eighth to drive in the go-ahead run, and was on the front end of a double steal that produced another run.

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Jason Johnson: The Dodgers smoked some balls right at people, but what counts is Johnson didn't allow a run while retiring the last seven batters.

Calvin Maduro: Picks up the save with two shutout innings.

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Willis Roberts: Only because we don't give half-stars.

Gary Sheffield: Playing his first spring game for the Dodgers, the disgruntled outfielder went 0-for-1 with a walk before blowing a kiss to fans booing him on his way to the clubhouse in the fifth inning.

The arms

Johnson allowed a leadoff single and issued a two-out walk in the first inning. That was it. He didn't permit another ball out of the infield after Marquis Grissom's hit, the only one off him in three shutout innings. Roberts, who went 6-1 with a 1.66 ERA in the Dominican Republic this winter, struggled through two innings. He allowed a run in the fourth on a double and sacrifice fly, and loaded the bases with one out in the fifth before Grissom stroked a two-run double. He also hit a batter. Chad Paronto registered two shutout innings, and Maduro did the same to receive the save.

The bats

They produced only five hits, but that was enough. Starting again at third base, Kinkade homered off Brown and doubled into right-center field off Eric Gagne. He also made a solid defensive play on a slow bouncer. Shortstop Brian Roberts broke a 1-1 tie with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Jerry Hairston produced a 3-3 tie with a sacrifice fly in the eighth off former Oriole Jesse Orosco, who was victimized by two errors. Leon drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single, and was part of a double steal with Luis Matos scoring the fifth run. Jay Gibbons added his daily hit, this one into shallow center field. Eugene Kingsale hit the ball hard twice, reaching on an error and collecting a ninth-inning single.

Next

Pat Hentgen, Chuck McElroy, John Bale and Ryan Kohlmeier are scheduled to face the New York Mets today in Port St. Lucie.

The quote

"Given the events of yesterday and today, if somebody had a gun to my head and said, `If you don't give me an answer right now, I'm going to shoot you,' it would be difficult to project Albert [Belle] on our 25-man roster right now. But that's not anywhere near being the [final] decision." -- Mike Hargrove

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