Spring Training : Fort Myers, Fla.

Red Sox 8, Orioles 3

March 30, 2004|By Joe Christensen

The Boston Red Sox hit three home runs off Rick Bauer in a seven-run second inning and cruised to an 8-3 victory over the Orioles yesterday at City of Palms Park.

Bauer, who was making a spot start, compounded his problems in the second by yielding a pair of two-out walks. Kevin Millar hit the first home run, and after Bauer walked Pokey Reese to put two runners aboard, Johnny Damon followed with a three-run shot.

David Ortiz capped the inning with a mammoth two-run homer to right field, his seventh homer of the spring.

Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield held the Orioles to three runs (two earned) over six innings using an effective knuckleball.

The Orioles (10-14-1) got home runs from David Segui and Luis Lopez, but their three-game winning streak ended.

WHO'S HOT

David Segui

Hit his first home run of the spring batting left-handed in the fourth inning. Perhaps more impressively, he lined out to left batting right-handed in the ninth.

Luis Lopez

His two-run homer made the score 8-3, but it was another boost in his battle with Clay Bellinger for the utility spot. Bellinger is hitting .300, but Lopez is at .381.

Jorge Julio

Three up and three down in the ninth on the same mound where he gave up five runs in the ninth inning on March 11.

WHO'S NOT

Rick Bauer

Manager Lee Mazzilli was coy yesterday when asked if Bauer's place on the roster was in jeopardy. Bauer still has a minor league option remaining, and if the Orioles want to move Rodrigo Lopez to the bullpen, Bauer could go down to make room.

Jack Cust

Went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts to lower his average to .149. Nineteen strikeouts in 47 at-bats this spring - not good.

Lee Mazzilli

Pity any manager the last week of spring training, with roster cuts to be made. But Mazzilli is facing some tough decisions, and the rotation still isn't set.

INJURY REPORT

The Orioles were still awaiting word on Omar Daal, who went to have his left shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. The team has recommended arthroscopic surgery, and Daal wanted a second opinion.

ARMS RACE

Mazzilli will meet with his coaching staff and vice presidents Jim Beattie and Mike Flanagan today before setting the starting rotation. Sidney Ponson pitches today against St. Louis in his final tuneup before Opening Night. Eric DuBose, who will start the season's second game, pitches tomorrow against Florida. Kurt Ainsworth is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Friday, which will keep him on schedule to pitch the season's third game.

Orioles today

Exhibition opponent: St. Louis Cardinals

Site: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stadium

Time: 1:05 p.m.

TV: ESPN2

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