Roch Around the Clock

March 04, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO | ROCH KUBATKO,Sun Reporter

All three of Aubrey Huff's at-bats yesterday for the Orioles against the Washington Nationals ended with him sending the ball to left field, rather than pulling it.

"The fact that he bats good against left-handed pitching was one of the things that made him attractive to us, also," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "Like I said before, he always worried me when I brought a left-hander in to face him. I knew he was no easy out. He scared me out there no matter what we had out there. We need that kind of guy."

Jeff Fiorentino's single in the bottom of the ninth yesterday apparently didn't count in the official stats, since it didn't make the box score. The Orioles were leading 3-0, but the Marlins wanted the game to continue so reliever Eddy Rodriguez could get some work.

Also, until someone finally corrected it, Fiorentino's name kept appearing as "Tony" on the scoreboard during the intrasquad games and yesterday's exhibition.

"Now everyone's calling me `Tony,'" he said.

Considering that he grew up in the area, you'd think people would know him by now.

Last spring, the guys were calling him "Mike" because he received a dozen bats with that inscription on it.

roch.kubatko@baltsun.com

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