Spring Training : Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Orioles 14, Dodgers 5

March 09, 2004|By Roch Kubatko

Trailing after the first inning, the Orioles sent 14 batters to the plate in the third and scored eight times to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 14-5, yesterday.

The Orioles battered former New York Yankees pitcher Jeff Weaver, who left in the third without getting an out. Ten of the 14 batters reached against him, and it could have been worse. Brian Roberts was thrown out trying to steal in the first inning, and Miguel Tejada overran the bag and was tagged out after Weaver sailed a throw into shallow right field.

Roberts led off the third with a triple and scored on Larry Bigbie's double. Weaver allowed a single to Tejada and run-scoring double to Rafael Palmeiro, and walked David Segui before leaving the game.

In the third, the Orioles had six hits and two walks, two batters were hit by pitches, and two reached on errors. By the end, the Orioles had 17 hits and their second win in five Grapefruit League games.

The Dodgers were held to two hits - a two-run homer by Olmedo Saenz off left-hander Eric DuBose and a three-run shot by David Ross off Single-A pitcher John Maine.

Darnell McDonald and Mike Fontenot homered for the Orioles. Fontenot, who cleared the bleachers in right, is batting .455 with two homers and four RBIs.


David Segui

Played consecutive games without incident and reached base twice. Can he make it to Opening Day?

Eric DuBose

One bad pitch, and it resulted in the only hit and runs off him in three innings. Solid in both outings.

Mike Fontenot

OK, this is getting ridiculous.

Bill Haselman

Says he'll retire if he doesn't make the team. No pressure here.

Larry Bigbie

Had a huge day -- in the third inning.

Miguel Tejada

Three hits raised his average to .462.

Brian Roberts

Single, triple, two walks, two runs scored. And did it with Fontenot breathing down his neck.


Jeff Weaver

The Orioles almost hit for the cycle against him in the third inning.


Right fielder Jay Gibbons was hit on the right wrist in the third inning and left the game. The Orioles said the wrist is bruised. ... Center fielder Luis Matos underwent bone and CT scans to determine whether he has a stress fracture in his right shin. The Orioles were waiting for the results late last night. ... Reliever Buddy Groom was bothered by soreness in his left rib cage, but he tossed a scoreless inning yesterday in his debut.


DuBose gave up a two-run homer to Olmedo Saenz, his only mistake in three innings. He retired the last seven batters he faced, and nine of 10. So far, very good. Sidney Ponson, already slated to start on opening night, makes his second appearance today against the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter.

Orioles today

Exhibition opponent: St. Louis Cardinals

Site: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Fla.

Time: 1:10 p.m.

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