Twins 5 Orioles 3

March 17, 2009|By DAN CONNOLLY

Hendrickson back on mound

Left-hander Mark Hendrickson, who threw in an intrasquad game last week but hadn't faced opposition since Feb. 27, allowed two runs in three innings and got the loss in yesterday's 5-3 defeat to the Minnesota Twins. Hendrickson gave up five hits and put men on base each inning but wiggled out of two jams thanks to a double-play ball and a pickoff. His lone big mistake was a two-run homer by Joe Crede. Hendrickson, originally targeted by the Orioles as a long reliever, is fighting with seven others for three open spots in the rotation. The veteran has made it clear that he would prefer to start, and he didn't hurt his case by walking none yesterday.

Pauley hit hard

Rookie David Pauley, who is out of minor league options, didn't help his chances for one of the rotation spots by turning in a second consecutive shaky performance. He entered in the fifth and immediately surrendered a triple to Minnesota outfielder Denard Span, who had struggled heading into yesterday. Pauley also gave up three doubles while recording five outs. He has allowed 10 earned runs in 11 innings this spring.

On deck

The Orioles have their first and only true day off of the spring today. The complex will be closed. However, pitching coach Rick Kranitz will show up to watch a brief side session by Rich Hill. The exhibition season will resume tomorrow with home-and-away split-squad games against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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