Orioles 7 Nationals 5

March 02, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC


Luke Scott isn't enthralled with the idea of being an everyday designated hitter, but he certainly warmed to the role yesterday. On a chilly day at the Nationals' Space Coast Stadium, Scott went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two doubles. His third-inning double brought in leadoff man Felix Pie, who had reached on a walk after Justin Turner's two-run homer. Scott drove in Pie again in the fifth inning with an RBI single.


Rich Hill was scratched before the game with left elbow soreness, giving David Pauley the start. He made the most of it. The right-hander, who was rocked for four earned runs in one-third of an inning in his first exhibition appearance, allowed one run, on a wind-aided home run by Nick Johnson, in three solid innings. Facing what will resemble the Nationals' Opening Day lineup, Pauley struck out three and allowed three hits. Highly regarded prospect Chris Tillman followed him and turned in two scoreless innings.


Young right-hander Brad Bergesen will make his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon against the Boston Red Sox at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Bergesen is starting in place of Brad Hennessey, who experienced elbow soreness in his first start. Jim Johnson, Chris Ray, Chris Waters and Wilfrido Perez are also scheduled to pitch for the Orioles. Justin Masterson will start for Boston.

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