Cardinals 3 Orioles 2

March 19, 2009|By DAN CONNOLLY

Eaton gets through 4

Adam Eaton, a favorite for one of the Orioles' available rotation spots after being released by the Philadelphia Phillies this spring, allowed two runs (one earned) in four innings in a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla. Eaton gave up three hits and a walk and recorded a first-pitch strike on 11 of 15 batters. After allowing both runs in the first inning, he retired the final eight Cardinals hitters he faced. Orioles manager Dave Trembley was satisfied with the outing but wasn't handing a rotation spot to Eaton yet. "He's got to keep pitching," Trembley said. "Every time they pitch good, they help themselves."

Carpenter blanks O's

2005 National League Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter, who has started just four games combined the past two seasons, mowed down the Orioles yesterday. He allowed only three hits and one walk in six innings, his longest outing of the exhibition season. He retired eight straight to end his performance, and only one Oriole, Adam Jones, reached third base.

On deck

The Orioles travel up Interstate 95 today to face the regional rival Washington Nationals in Viera. Right-hander Alfredo Simon is scheduled to make his first start of the spring. Hayden Penn, Dennis Sarfate and Radhames Liz, who is competing for a bullpen spot instead of a place in the rotation, are also set to pitch.

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