Red Sox 1, Orioles 1

March 08, 2002|By Roch Kubatko

The game

It started an hour late because of rain, forcing Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson to warm up twice before the first inning. The Orioles didn't score until the seventh when Jeff Conine hit a bases-empty homer. Umpires stopped play before the eighth.

The arms

Erickson allowed one run in three innings, with no walks or strikeouts. He gave up four hits. Calvin Maduro became the first Orioles pitcher this spring to go four innings, allowing four hits and keeping the Red Sox scoreless. His bid to become the fifth starter just got stronger.

The bats

Conine had two of the Orioles' three hits. Marty Cordova doubled in the seventh inning to represent the go-ahead run before Ryan McGuire made the last out.

Injury update

Center fielder Chris Singleton (hamstring) and third baseman Tony Batista (headache) were scratched from the lineup. Brian Roberts had another magnetic resonance imaging test on his hyperextended right elbow. Howie Clark did some running but hasn't played in a week because of a sore quadriceps muscle.

The number

7 -- Outs recorded by Erickson on ground balls during his three innings.

The quote

"Ties only count in spring training and the National Hockey League." -- Boston Red Sox interim manager Mike Cubbage.

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