Orioles 10, Red Sox 2

March 12, 2001|By Roch Kubatko

Rating the players


David Segui: Homers from both sides of the plate, his first two of the spring. One comes off former Oriole Kent Mercker, but we're counting it anyway.


Chris Richard: Leads off the second inning by going deep for the first time and later singles. Keep those at-bats coming. He could be something special.

Jose Mercedes: The first starter to go five innings, Mercedes rules for four of them.

Brady Anderson: Was 3-for-19 with no RBIs until collecting two hits and driving in two runs yesterday.

Mike Kinkade: Doubles and walks twice while receiving his first start behind the plate. He's out of options and firmly in the Orioles' plans.


Jeff Conine: Goes 0-for-4 and doesn't get the ball out of the infield in three of those at-bats. Twice makes the last out in an inning.

The arms

Take away the second inning, and Mercedes retired 12 of 13 batters he faced, the exception a single by Brian Daubach in the first. He allowed two runs and three hits in the second after being given a 6-0 lead. Mercedes struck out two and didn't issue a walk. Jorge Julio replaced him and gave the Orioles two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out two. How did this guy go 2-10 in Single-A last year? Miguel Felix issued a walk and hit a batter in the eighth. Mike Trombley cruised through the ninth, striking out one.

The bats

They were sizzling for two innings against Rolando Arrojo. The Orioles pounded him for six runs and six hits, including homers by Segui and Richard. Mike Bordick singled ahead of Segui in the first inning. Melvin Mora stroked a double after Richard opened the second with his blast. Kinkade walked, and Anderson's double produced another run. Bordick (sacrifice fly) and Delino DeShields (infield hit) also drove in runs in the second. The Orioles added three more in the sixth on a two-run double by Brian Roberts and run-scoring single by Anderson. Segui's second homer came in the seventh inning and increased the lead to 10-2.

The rest

Club officials watched Jim Bullinger throw to hitters at the minor-league complex in Sarasota, Fla., yesterday in his bid to receive a minor-league contract. Syd Thrift, the Orioles' vice president of baseball operations, rated Bullinger's session as "fair." Bullinger, 35, hasn't pitched since 1998 before undergoing ligament-transplant surgery. ... Jason Johnson will start tonight's game against the Florida Marlins in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., followed by B.J. Ryan, Buddy Groom, Willis Roberts and Ryan Kohlmeier. ... None of the Orioles struck out yesterday.

The quote

"Only by about six weeks." - Brady Anderson, when asked if spring training is too long.

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