Marlins 10, Orioles 3

Rating the players

March 14, 2001

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Mike Kinkade: Starting in left field, he jacks a two-run homer and throws out runners at the plate and second base. Fast becoming the top non-injury story of camp.

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Chris Richard: Plays first base and right field, goes 2-for-3 with a run scored and steals a base. Looks good as the No. 3 hitter. Worth keeping in mind.

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Pat Hentgen: Looks a little too much like batting practice.

John Bale: Two runs off him in the eighth, including a homer.

Ed Rogers: The next "A-Rod" goes 0-for-4 with an error. His time is coming. It's just not here yet.

Mike Trombley: Reached for a two-run homer in the ninth - further proof that a strong wind blowing out isn't a pitcher's best friend.

The arms

The Marlins teed off on Hentgen, hitting three homers within the first three innings. Derrek Lee and former Orioles farmhand B. J. Waszgis went deep in consecutive at-bats in the second, and Cliff Floyd launched a two-run shot in the third. Hentgen's second start of the spring - he also faced minor-leaguers on Friday in Port Charlotte, Fla. - lasted four innings. He allowed four runs and five hits. Chuck McElroy gave up a run in two innings. He was spared another when left fielder Kinkade threw out Mike Lowell at the plate to end the sixth. The Marlins reached Chad Paronto for a run in the seventh. Kevin Millar hit a wind-blown, bases-empty homer off Bale in the eighth, and Dave Berg added a run-scoring single. Ryan McGuire hit a two-run shot off Trombley in the ninth. Trombley also hit a batter.

The bats

Richard, Kinkade and catcher Greg Myers each had two hits. Brady Anderson, Brian Roberts, Jeff Conine, Jay Gibbons and Eugene Kingsale also had hits. Gibbons delivered the Orioles' third run with a sacrifice fly. Kinkade had given them a 2-0 lead with a home run off Vladimir Nunez in the first inning - the kind of production expected from your cleanup hitter. Every starter had at least one hit except Rogers, who batted ninth.

The rest

The Orioles won't offer a contract to pitcher Jim Bullinger, 35, who was unimpressive Sunday while pitching at the club's minor-league complex in Sarasota, Fla. Sidney Ponson, Buddy Groom, Jorge Julio, Ryan Kohlmeier and Leslie Brea are scheduled to pitch today against the Montreal Expos in Jupiter, Fla. Tony Armas Jr. will start for the Expos. Hargrove said he's still undecided whether Bale is better suited as a starter or reliever, but is leaning toward using the left-hander out of the bullpen. A ball that cleared the fence during batting practice came within inches of hitting former Orioles catcher Charles Johnson as he walked across one of the back fields. It landed at his feet, bringing the startled Johnson to a halt.

The quote

"It was a day of work. Nobody got hurt." - Manager Mike Hargrove, trying to find something positive from yesterday's defeat.- Compiled by Roch KubatkoBox score

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