Dodgers 7, Orioles 6

Rating the players

March 10, 2001|By Roch Kubatko

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Greg Myers: His home run should be landing sometime in June.

Jose Leon: Easily overlooked in camp, Leon gets himself noticed with a homer.

John Bale: If only he could shake those first-inning doldrums. Gets rolling as innings build.

Jorge Julio: Two scoreless innings for the 22-year-old flame-thrower.

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Chris Richard: Do you focus on the two singles or the two double plays?

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B.J. Ryan: There are blown saves, and there are ones that leave a mushroom cloud.

The arms

Making his second spring appearance, Chuck McElroy was pulled after three innings. He retired the side in order in the first and third, though center fielder Melvin Mora was given quite a workout. Marquis Grissom crushed a two-run homer to center field in the second - a ball that looked like it never got more than nine feet off the ground. Julio faced the minimum number of batters in his two innings, with a double-play ball wiping out an infield hit in the fourth. Bale was supposed to go two innings, but was stretched to three. He walked two in the sixth inning, allowed a single in the seventh and had a routine eighth. Ryan was a disaster. Entering in the ninth with a 5-2 lead, he issued two walks and two singles before someone named Keith Johnson belted a grand slam.

The bats

Richard and David Segui each had two hits, and Myers and Leon went deep. Myers cleared the bleachers in right field leading off the third inning. Delino DeShields and Segui had RBI singles in the sixth after Jerry Hairston reached on an error, pinch-runner Brian Roberts stole second, Brady Anderson walked and both runners moved up on Mike Bordick's sacrifice bunt. The Orioles rallied in the ninth against former Oriole Doug Linton, who hadn't pitched in six days. Richard and Mora singled, and Jay Gibbons lifted a sacrifice fly. Ivanon Coffie walked, but Roberts hit into a double play.

The rest

Sidney Ponson, Josh Towers, Sean Douglass, Chad Paronto and Calvin Maduro are scheduled to pitch today against the Texas Rangers in Port Charlotte. ... Former Oriole Gregg Olson got the win with a scoreless eighth inning. He allowed one hit and struck out one.

The arms

"There are some really good things happening in this camp with this club, if people just want to pay attention to it." - manager Mike Hargrove.

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