O's 2, Cardinals 2 (tie), 10 innings

March 07, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Markakis 3-for-3

If Nick Markakis is going to experience a sophomore jinx, it'll come later in the year. He had three hits in three at-bats, including a single and double off Chris Carpenter, the 2005 Cy Young winner, in the Orioles' 2-2, 10-inning tie with the St. Louis Cardinals in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He also singled in the sixth inning before leaving the game.

Aggressive running

Melvin Mora helped manufacture the Orioles' first run in the first inning. He reached on a fielder's choice, then went from first to third on Markakis' single to center field, barely beating the throw with a head-first dive. Mora tagged on Aubrey Huff's shallow fly ball to center and again beat the throw from So Taguchi, bringing a warm greeting from the home dugout.

Not often seen

Former Oriole Eli Marrero tied the game at 2 with a sacrifice fly off reliever Paul Shuey in the ninth inning. In the bottom of the inning, Orioles catcher Eli Whiteside singled with one out and was removed for a pinch runner. Extensive research couldn't determine the last time both catchers in the same game were named Eli -- and they both had hits in the same inning.

On deck

The Orioles make another trip to Jupiter to face the Florida Marlins. Left-hander Erik Bedard, who pitched two scoreless innings against the Marlins in his first outing, will again be opposed by Dontrelle Willis. Hayden Penn, recovered from a sprained left ankle, and Rob Bell will follow Bedard. Bell also pitched two scoreless innings against Florida.

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