At first base, Gibbons sees mostly inaction

ORIOLES NOTEBOOK

No grounders hit to him in opener

`I felt ... out of my comfort zone'

March 02, 2007|By Jeff Zrebiec and Roch Kubatko | Jeff Zrebiec and Roch Kubatko,SUN REPORTERS

JUPITER, Fla. -- Jay Gibbons took ground balls at first base for much of the offseason, looking forward to the chance to get in some game action at the position. When it finally arrived yesterday in the Orioles' exhibition opener, Gibbons felt much the same.

No ground or fly balls were hit in his direction during the Orioles' 8-6 loss to the Florida Marlins. In four innings at first base, Gibbons received some throws and a couple of cutoffs, but got nothing that even remotely resembled a test.

Marlins@Orioles

Today, 1:05 p.m., Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stadium

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