Twins 8 Orioles 7

March 24, 2009|By JEFF ZREBIEC

JOLTIN' JOLBERT

Veteran utility infielder Jolbert Cabrera remains an extreme long shot to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster, but that's no fault of his. Cabrera reached base in all four of his plate appearances Monday in Fort Myers, Fla., going 2-for-2 with two walks. He is hitting .448 this spring. Cabrera, who signed a minor league deal this offseason, tied the game at two with a double to the wall in the second inning. He doubled again in the seventh and scored on Justin Turner's single.

WIND BLOWING OUT

Justin Morneau's two-run homer off Jeremy Guthrie in the first inning probably wouldn't have been held by any ballpark. It went to dead center and easily cleared the 405-foot mark. However, the other five home runs that flew out of Hammond Stadium were aided by a strong wind out to left field. Scott Moore and Luke Scott connected for Orioles home runs, while Morneau, Delmon Young, Matt Tolbert and Brendan Harris hit long balls for the Twins.

ON DECK

Right-hander Koji Uehara will make his return to Grapefruit League play, starting Tuesday's game against the Washington Nationals at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Uehara hasn't pitched since straining his left hamstring March 9 in a game against the New York Mets. Alfredo Simon and Chris Ray are also scheduled to pitch for the Orioles. Washington is expected to use Shairon Martis, Garrett Mock, Jason Bergmann and Ryan Wagner.

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