Orioles 6 Nationals 2

March 07, 2009|By Peter Schmuck


Starting rotation candidate David Pauley made his third appearance and second start of the Grapefruit League season and pitched three solid innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out three. Though no one is putting a lot of weight on these early games, it was a good time for him to be effective because he had given up eight hits and five runs over 3 1/3 innings in his first two appearances.


Top prospect Matt Wieters replaced Luke Scott in the designated-hitter slot in the fourth inning and immediately delivered a run-scoring, opposite-field double to left. Wieters has appeared in six Grapefruit League games and is batting .429 with six hits in 14 at-bats. Four of those six hits have been for extra bases - three doubles and a home run.


The Orioles travel to Jupiter, Fla., today to face the Florida Marlins at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Brad Bergesen, who moved into the spring rotation when Brad Hennessey experienced elbow soreness, will start for the Orioles against Marlins left-hander Sean West.

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