Glavine hit hard in his N.Y. debut

Orioles 7, Mets 6

Baseball

March 02, 2003|By Roch Kubatko

The Orioles (2-1) made Tom Glavine's debut with the New York Mets an uncomfortable one, and not just because of the hideous uniform. Seven of 12 batters reached against him, as the Orioles built a 4-1 lead. A double play bailed him out in the first inning, but B.J. Surhoff had a run-scoring single in the second, catcher Eli Whiteside gave the Orioles a 2-1 lead with an infield hit, Jerry Hairston delivered a run with a grounder and Gary Matthews beat out a grounder to short. Jay Gibbons led off the inning with a double. Tony Clark hit an opposite-field home run off Jason Johnson leading off the second. Johnson gave up four hits and walked two before coming out in the third inning. Jeff Conine homered off Jae Weong Seo in the third, and Larry Bigbie hit a two-run single in the fifth. Craig Brazell hit a three-run homer off Daniel Cabrera in the seventh to reduce the Orioles' lead to 7-5, and Virgil Chevalier hit a bases-empty homer off Mike Drumright in the ninth.

Who's hot

B.J. Surhoff: He's stopping the clock from ticking by turning it back.

Eli Whiteside: The Orioles have a genuine catching prospect. Remain calm. Continue to breathe normally.

Larry Bigbie: Ottawa won't hold him all season.

Who's not

Brook Fordyce: Forget the lineup. He can't get onto the field.

Jason Johnson: When Tony Clark takes you deep, you're a few degrees below hot.

Mo Vaughn: Jogged to first on a 1-6-3 double play, matching his weight at birth.

Mixed review

John Valentin: Misplayed two balls at third base and made a diving stop to begin a double play - all in the same inning.

Injury update

Pitcher Scott Erickson will have surgery this week to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The injury likely will keep him out all season. ... Bigbie is being treated for shinsplints.

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