Markakis adds to home-run spree

Trembley calm about wind-aided blasts

March 08, 2010|By Peter Schmuck

SARASOTA, Fla. — - Nick Markakis launched his second home run of the spring in the first inning of Sunday's loss to the Boston Red Sox, giving the Orioles a total of 12 in their first five exhibition games and eight in three games at Ed Smith Stadium.

Manager Dave Trembley has been enjoying the ongoing meteor shower, but he does have one small concern.

"I hope they don't use them all up here," he said.

But seriously, Trembley isn't getting too excited about the early power surge because the conditions have been perfect for it. Six of those homers, after all, came with a stiff breeze blowing out to center field in the spring opener against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"The wind has been blowing," he said. "Most guys are throwing fastball/changeup this time of year. They aren't going to their secondary pitches yet."

Hot corners
Trembley was asked Sunday morning whether he is happy with the early progress of Miguel Tejada at third base and Garrett Atkins at first.

"Yes," he said. "This is the first day since the first day of camp Tejada didn't have early work. We gave him Sunday off. I'm happy with that. I'm confident they both will grow and improve. They won't go back and forth. They are at third and first."

That led to a question about Luke Scott, and whether he has been lobbying to get some time this spring at first.

"Luke is going to play some first," Trembley said. "He hasn't been lobbying. He doesn't have to lobby. But I don't see it as a split between Atkins and Scott, if that's what you're asking."

Bergesen's last tuneup
Brad Bergesen threw what should be his last batting practice session Sunday morning. If all goes well and he wakes up without any soreness in his shoulder, he'll make his 2010 exhibition debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday at Bradenton.

Helping hand
The Orioles brought over infielder Ryan Adams from the minor league camp Sunday to provide a little extra depth with Brian Roberts still out, Justin Turner banged up and Cesar Izturis just back from a sore throat, but Izturis was back in the lineup and Miguel Abreu started at second base.

That kind of situation is one of the main arguments for the consolidation of the major and minor league operations in the Sarasota area. Last year, Adams would have had to drive across Alligator Alley and spend a total of seven hours in the car coming and going. Twin Lakes Park and Ed Smith Stadium are just 15 minutes apart.

Opportunity knocks
Abreu is making a good impression. He had two singles and a lineout in his three at-bats and scored twice. He has four hits in 10 spring at-bats. He also made a couple of very athletic plays in the field.

Around the horn
Former Orioles first-round draft choice Darnell McDonald made a late-inning appearance for the Red Sox and struck out in his only at-bat. He isn't projected to make the 25-man roster but will provide outfield depth in Triple-A. … Tug Hulett, the son of former Orioles infielder Tim Hulett, started at second base for the Red Sox.

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