Orioles 8, Dodgers 0

March 23, 2007|By ROCH KUBATKO

Huff at hot corner

Aubrey Huff made his first start at third base yesterday in the Orioles' 8-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Vero Beach. In the opening inning, Huff bounced a throw to first base that Chris Gomez dug out of the dirt. He looked much better in the second while making a tough play on Jason Repko's grounder and getting the out. Just don't expect to see much of him at third base once the season starts. Asked if Huff would be the primary backup to Melvin Mora, manager Sam Perlozzo said, "Not necessarily."

Tejada rebounds

Shortstop Miguel Tejada stumbled out of the batter's box while fouling off a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth inning and seemed to be favoring his right ankle. It didn't affect his swing, however. Tejada ripped a double off the left-field fence, scoring two runs. He later walked to the clubhouse without a limp.

Furcal, Repko hurt

One batter into the game, Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal had to leave the field on a cart. Furcal collided with Repko in shallow center field while running down Corey Patterson's pop-up. The initial diagnosis was a left ankle sprain, but he was taken to a local hospital for X-rays. Repko left the game in the third after diving unsuccessfully for Ramon Hernandez's run-scoring double. Larry Bigbie replaced him.

On deck

Will this team ever return to Fort Lauderdale? The Orioles play their fourth straight road game today, traveling to Fort Myers to face the Boston Red Sox. Erik Bedard will prepare for his Opening Day assignment by opposing Curt Schilling.

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