Orioles 3, Expos 0

March 01, 2002

The game

Chris Singleton's Orioles debut included a three-run homer in the third inning that provided a 3-0 lead, and Willis Roberts stranded the tying runs in the ninth by retiring Jose Canseco on a pop-up. It's too early to read anything into lineups, but manager Mike Hargrove had Jerry Hairston leading off and Singleton batting second. Mike Bordick hit third, but he could drop to eighth by Opening Day. It wouldn't be a surprise if the same nine names appear on the April 1 lineup card.

The arms

Jason Johnson and Sidney Ponson each tossed two scoreless innings. Johnson gave up one hit, a bouncing single by Val Pascucci in the second. Ponson allowed a one-out single to Glen Barker in the third before picking him off, and an infield hit to Jose Vidro leading off the fourth before the Orioles turned a double play. A procession of relievers each went one inning, with Chris Brock and Juan Rosario retiring the side. Roberts walked a batter and allowed a hit to open the ninth.

The bats

The Orioles got one base runner against Expos starter Carl Pavano, with Jay Gibbons drawing a two-out walk in the second. Marty Cordova and Hairston singled off Scott Strickland in the third before Singleton reached the bleachers in right on a 1-1 pitch. Tony Batista, Brook Fordyce, Chad Allen and Luis Matos singled.

Injury update

Pitcher Luis Rivera remains on a restricted throwing program because of tendinitis in his right shoulder

The number

8 - Consecutive strikes thrown by Johnson to begin the game.

The quote

"I haven't changed my approach. Even though I have a two-year deal, I still want to work hard and show them they made a good decision."

- Jason Johnson

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