Mets 2 Orioles 1

March 31, 2009|By Peter Schmuck

JONES ON FIRE

Adam Jones again hit a long home run, clearing the sign to the immediate right of the large blue hitting background behind center at Tradition Field in the third inning. The homer was Jones' third of the Grapefruit League season, and it raised his spring average to .389.

JOHNSON RETURNS

Right-hander Jim Johnson made his first Grapefruit League appearance after a bout with shoulder tendinitis, pitching the eighth inning and giving up the winning run on a triple by former Oriole Fernando Tatis and an ensuing throwing error by shortstop Chris Gomez. The important thing was he felt fine and is on track to open the season as one of the right-handed setup men.

ON DECK

The Orioles host the St. Louis Cardinals in a 1:05 p.m. game Tuesday at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, where Hayden Penn will make his final start in Florida, with a place on the major league roster possibly hanging in the balance.

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