O's 9, Mets 0 O's 7, Marlins 3

March 18, 2007|By JEFF ZREBIEC AND ROCH KUBATKO | JEFF ZREBIEC AND ROCH KUBATKO,Sun Reporters

Everybody hits

In the home part of the Orioles' split-squad series, the first seven Orioles batters singled against New York Mets starter Aaron Sele en route to a six-run inning and a 9-0 win in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Orioles' road squad also won, beating the Florida Marlins and ace Dontrelle Willis, 7-3, in Jupiter behind two RBIs each from Jason Dubois and Oscar Salazar. The Orioles had 26 hits in the two games.

More zeroes

Erik Bedard continued his dominant spring, pitching five scoreless innings against the Mets, allowing three hits and two walks and striking out six. Bedard has an 0.64 ERA in four starts and said he feels ready to start the season right now. Asked if he is in the zone, Bedard said: "I guess you can say that. Everything I throw is strikes." Manager Sam Perlozzo said he'll name his Opening Day starter in a few days, but it appears a formality with the way Bedard is pitching.

Millar's back

He had to drive to Jupiter to do it, but Kevin Millar returned to the lineup after being sidelined with a strained right forearm muscle. Millar, who went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and is 1-for-15 this spring, wasn't expecting a throw from catcher Paul Bako after starter Jeremy Guthrie struck out leadoff hitter Alfredo Amezaga in the first. The ball sailed past him into right field, bringing a few verbal jabs from the visiting dugout and a huge smile from Millar.

On deck

The Orioles will host the Boston Red Sox today at Fort Lauderdale Stadium before an expected sellout crowd. Daniel Cabrera will start for the Orioles, followed by Chad Bradford, Jamie Walker, Danys Baez and Todd Williams. Boston will start left-hander Kason Gabbard.

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