Roch around the clock


March 14, 2006|By ROCH KUBATKO

I just left the Orioles' clubhouse, where stadium workers are covering the lockers in plastic for the big champagne celebration. That's two wins in a row. Who wants to pop the first cork?

The bullpen, which has been a huge concern to manager Sam Perlozzo and club officials, held the Marlins to one hit over five scoreless innings yesterday in a 5-0 victory. Eddy Rodriguez gave up the only hit, but he struck out three in two innings. Vic Darensbourg got the last three outs.

"Guys are settling in better, and it's starting to show," Perlozzo said. ...

No matter how well David Newhan hits, it doesn't appear that he's in contention for a starting job.

"I really look at David as a utility guy," Perlozzo said. "He didn't, for one second, take anything for granted this spring. And I don't think there's a guy on this team that hustles more."

Perlozzo had more nice things to say, but my tape recorder's broken and I can't write that fast. But trust me, it was good.

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