Cabrera wild in O's return

Marlins 5 Orioles 2

Orioles Spring Report

March 23, 2006|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- In his first start since returning from the World Baseball Classic, right-hander Daniel Cabrera battled through an inconsistent five innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits in the Orioles' 5-2 loss yesterday to the Florida Marlins at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

Cabrera retired the first two Marlins before allowing a single by Miguel Cabrera. A wild pitch and three straight walks, the last one to Dan Uggla, brought in the Marlins' first run.

"I [didn't] control all my pitches," said Cabrera, who attributed his first-inning struggles to feeling out of shape. "I wasn't consistent in the strike zone. ... I didn't have my best stuff."

Cabrera, who learned earlier in the day that he will be the Orioles' fourth starter, struck out five, but walked three.

"I look for more after his first outing coming back," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "Leo [Mazzone] and I talked, and his tempo was a little bit too slow. When he had to go in the stretch and he had to try to go quick, he was much better."

The Orioles scored both of their runs in the first inning, started by Brian Roberts' single that he stretched into two bases after Florida center fielder Reggie Abercrombie bobbled it for an error. Roberts finished 1-for-3 with a run in his second exhibition game.

Miguel Tejada doubled down the left-field line to bring in Roberts and Melvin Mora, who had also singled.

WHO'S HOT

Eric DuBose -- Had three strikeouts in a scoreless 1 1/3 innings, including one of dangerous Miguel Cabrera. His quest to secure a bullpen spot looks better by the day.

Brian Roberts -- Got first hit in fourth at-bat of the spring, and didn't exactly pose to enjoy it. He took second base when the outfielder bobbled it. He knows no way to play other than hard.

WHO'S NOT

Tyler Yates -- A day after earning a spring training invitation, the right-handed reliever gave up a homer and a double to the first two batters he faced. What do they say about first impressions?

Corey Patterson -- Had a hit yesterday, but is still one for his last 15. Center field should be his, but incon- sistency hasn't allowed him to secure it.

Javy Lopez -- The hitting is supposed to be the easy part for Lopez, but after going 0-for-3 yesterday, his spring average fell to .158.

INJURY REPORT

Kevin Millar (bruised left hand) was a late scratch from the lineup after getting hit by a pitch on Tuesday. He will likely return to the Orioles' lineup tomorrow. ... Todd Williams (sore right calf) had a magnetic resonance imaging test yesterday, but the club doesn't expect to get the results until today.

jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com

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