O's Perlozzo adjusts his stance

Manager showing new intensity level as he tries to find winning formula

March 04, 2007|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.-- --He stood stoically near the third-base line with his arms folded, and his eyes, hidden by a pair of dark sunglasses, fixated on the field in front of him. It was a warm day at Fort Lauderdale Stadium and the monotony of another spring training fielding drill was testing the players' focus and challenging the manager's patience.

Aggressively chomping on a piece of bubble gum while observing every sequence of the drill, Sam Perlozzo intermittently shouted praise and criticism. "Way to go, Miggy!" he said, followed not too long later by, "Come on, men! Let's get this right."

Mets@Orioles

Today, 1:05 p.m., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 105.7 FM

Orioles 7, Nationals 2

Batting around

The Orioles sent 10 hitters to the plate and scored five runs in the third inning without an extra-base hit. Nationals pitcher Joel Hanrahan, fighting for a starting rotation spot, retired just one of the seven batters he faced. He had a wild pitch and allowed three singles and three walks, including a four-pitch, bases-loaded walk to Jason Dubois. Adam Donachie, Nick Markakis and Jay Payton each had run-scoring singles in the third inning. It was the second of the afternoon for Payton, and his third RBI in two days.

Whiffing kings

Six Orioles pitchers combined to strike out 12 Nationals. Francis Beltran, Steve Green and John Parrish each fanned two in an inning. Green had three strikeouts in a two-inning stint. The Orioles recorded a strikeout in every inning but the fourth.

The comebacker kid

Orioles outfielder Ruddy Yan had two singles that went a combined 121 feet. Twice, the speedy Yan hit a grounder back toward the pitcher and beat it out for a hit. He also scored on a walk and stole a base.

On deck

Jaret Wright makes his Orioles debut today against the New York Mets at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Also pitching will be Garrett Olson, Jim Johnson, Radhames Liz and Chris Waters. The Mets will start former Oriole John Maine.

[Dan Connolly]

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