Twins 4, Orioles 2

March 06, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

Minnesota pounced on starter John Stephens and handed the Orioles their third consecutive loss. A young bullpen turned in six scoreless innings, but it was too late. The Orioles have lost all four road games this spring, but they return home today, where they are 2-0.

The arms

Stephens, making his first spring start after two scoreless relief innings, allowed four runs in the first inning. The Twins had three extra-base hits, including a run-scoring triple by former Orioles farmhand David Lamb. Stephens retired the Twins in order in the second. Erik Bedard gave up two hits and a walk in two innings, but his spring debut didn't include any runs. The procession of rookies included Mike Paradis, who walked two but didn't allow a hit in two innings. Travis Driskill struck out two in the seventh after a leadoff double. John Parrish walked the leadoff hitter in the eighth and threw a wild pitch before leaving with an injury. Lee Marshall finished off the inning.

The bats

Brook Fordyce sliced the Twins' lead in half with a two-run homer in the fifth inning. It came after Marty Cordova's second hit of the afternoon. Chris Singleton also had two hits, and Mike Bordick singled.

Injury update

Parrish had a magnetic resonance imaging on his right knee last night after hearing a popping sound while running Dustan Mohr back to second base.

The number

3 - Orioles pitchers who have been scratched this spring because of illness. Sean Douglass, who was supposed to start yesterday, joined Bedard and Matt Riley on the list.

The quote

"It was doctor talk so I wasn't really sure." - Parrish, when asked what he was told about the knee injury.

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