A. Jones takes advice from O's, runs with it

orioles notebook

March 07, 2009|By Peter Schmuck | Peter Schmuck,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -Center fielder Adam Jones was in high gear yesterday, stealing three bases in the Orioles' 6-2 exhibition victory over the Washington Nationals at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

He stole third base in the first inning against former teammate Daniel Cabrera and stole two bases at the back end of double steals behind Brian Roberts. The Orioles stole six bases and even got one from Aubrey Huff, who predicted before the game that he would steal one against Cabrera.

"It's a real confidence booster for Jones," manager Dave Trembley said. "We told him some things at the beginning of camp that he needs to do to improve his game, and that's one of them."

Jones said that was already on his mind before he got to camp. He stole 10 bases last season but has the speed to improve a lot on that this year.

"Me and B-Rob [Roberts] were talking a lot during the offseason on that," Jones said. "I'm trying to learn. They're telling me, especially when we are at first and second base, just pay attention to B-Rob because he's going to go, and I can get a lot of cheap bags that way."

Pitching updates

Danys Baez was sore again after his latest appearance but said he felt better than the previous time and is encouraged by the way his repaired elbow is responding.

"It was a lot better," he said. "I threw more pitches, so there was a little more [soreness] than usual, but it's good soreness. I threw 50 pitches. I haven't thrown that many in a long time."

Trembley said Adam Eaton and Alfredo Simon will pitch in simulated action tomorrow.

Rich Hill was scheduled to play catch yesterday for the first time since being shelved with a fluid buildup in his elbow. The Orioles will see how he feels today and decide when he'll throw next.

Ballperson tryouts

The Orioles will hold auditions for this year's ballgirls and ballboys today at Camden Yards. Anyone interested should show up at noon. Former Orioles pitcher Dave Johnson, umpires attendant Ernie Tyler and other members of the team's front office staff will judge the candidates.

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