The Orioles' game against the St. Louis Cardinals yesterday didn't go past regulation because Cesar Crespo wouldn't allow it. Crespo, summoned twice from the minor league camp, singled with two outs in the ninth inning to score Terry Tiffee and give the Orioles a 6-5 victory in Jupiter, Fla. Crespo's hit came against major league veteran Russ Springer.
Freddie Bynum has been regarded as a leading candidate to fill the last spot on the 25-man roster, but he went 0-for-4 with one strikeout, lowering his average to .135. Bynum has struck out 18 times in 37 at-bats. Because he's versatile enough to play the infield and outfield and can run, a modest average probably would have been enough to assure him a utility job once the season began. Instead, the Orioles continue to deliberate whether to carry 13 pitchers and three bench players.
St. Louis starter Anthony Reyes drilled Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada in the fourth inning. Tejada went to first base without incident. In the bottom half, Jaret Wright allowed the first two batters to reach, then hit Adam Kennedy to load the bases. Asked later if it was a coincidence given what happened to Tejada, Wright smiled slightly, nodded his head and lowered it, his eyes fixed on the floor. The smile stayed. No follow-up questions were necessary.
The Orioles travel to Fort Myers today to play the Minnesota Twins, with left-hander Adam Loewen opposing former Oriole Sidney Ponson. Chris Ray and Danys Baez will follow Loewen.