Mets 9 Orioles 8

March 10, 2009|By PETER SCHMUCK

FREEL ALL OVER

Ryan Freel started at second base, and by the end of the game he probably wished he had missed the bus. He had a solid game at the plate, bouncing a double over the center-field fence to lead off the first inning and driving in a run with a single in the fourth, but he was hit by pitches in his other two plate appearances and is taking some lumps as he moves around the infield on defense. Freel has not gotten off to a great start at the plate, but the 2-for-2 performance raised his Grapefruit League batting average from .182 to .250. He has scored six runs in nine exhibition appearances.

WIGGINTON'S 1st BLAST

Ty Wigginton hit a long two-run homer to left field as the Orioles jumped to a 3-0 lead behind starter Koji Uehara. Wigginton also has gotten off to a slow Grapefruit League start and came into the game with just two hits in his first 15 at-bats, but he also drove in a run in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly. His numbers are a little deceptive, however, because he had a big game against the Dominican Republic team Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs.

ON DECK

The Orioles travel to City of Palms Park in Fort Myers, Fla., for today's game against the Boston Red Sox. Right-hander Brian Bass, who is still in the running for the major league starting rotation, is scheduled to start for the Orioles. No starter has been announced for the Red Sox. From the Boston perspective, the big news today will be the first exhibition appearance by third baseman Mike Lowell, who underwent hip surgery in October and has not played since Game 3 of the American League Divisional Series against the Los Angeles Angels.

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