Marlins 3 Orioles 2, 10 Innings

March 08, 2009|By Peter Schmuck

MOORE DOUBLES UP

Utility infielder candidate Scott Moore doubled twice and scored the first run of the game, raising his average to .438. He is 7-for-16 with the two doubles, a triple and a home run in eight games. Manager Dave Trembley said yesterday that Moore is a candidate to make the Opening Day roster, depending on the size of the pitching staff, but he still appears to be something of a long shot to open the season in the major leagues. The Orioles already have Melvin Mora starting at third base and Ty Wigginton locked into the 25-man roster, which means they have to go with 12 pitchers and something has to give to make room for Moore.

PEREZ MAKING A CASE

Left-hander Wilfrido Perez remains unlikely to win a job as a situational left-hander on the major league roster, but he's not going to let the coaching staff ignore him. He pitched another scoreless inning and struck out two batters. It was Perez's fourth straight hitless appearance. He has faced 13 batters, striking out five and walking just one. Trembley said recently that Perez will have to prove he can get out big league hitters after making his first three exhibition appearances late in games when the regulars were long gone. Even if he does, Jamie Walker is the left-handed matchup pitcher unless he does something this spring to lose the job.

ON DECK

Right-hander Danys Baez makes his second exhibition start of the spring at 1:05 p.m. today against the Minnesota Twins at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Baez is trying to reinvent himself as a starting pitcher this spring after undergoing elbow reconstruction and missing the entire 2008 season. It hasn't gone particularly well so far. He gave up two runs and walked three in just one inning in his exhibition debut and struggled with his command in an intrasquad game Tuesday but says his arm has felt better with each outing. He'll need to show progress soon to stay in the running for the rotation.

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