The Orioles did, indeed, give Sam Perlozzo a win for his 55th birthday. Sure beats a tie.
The 6-3 final became official when LaTroy Hawkins got the last out to strand two runners.
I wrote earlier that Ryan Hubele replaced Eli Whiteside behind the plate, making his first appearance this spring. Turns out, Hubele was supposed to warm up the pitcher while Whiteside put on his gear, but he was mistakingly introduced into the game by the public address announcer. Hearing this, Whiteside assumed he was out and went to the clubhouse. Hubele looked to the dugout for guidance, and manager Sam Perlozzo told him to stay in the game and enjoy himself.
That's one way to make your debut.
Melvin Mora's left wrist began to swell after being hit by a pitch in the second inning, and Perlozzo wasn't going to take any chances. That's why David Newhan replaced him at third base. Perlozzo doesn't think Mora will miss any time.
Perlozzo said he believes if Brian Roberts gets a week's worth of exhibition games under his belt, he'll be ready for Opening Day. Naturally, he's hoping for more.
Nick Markakis drew another walk after entering the game in center field. They can't keep him off base.
Pitching coach Leo Mazzone has proclaimed Daniel Cabrera a "future No. 1" and noted that the right-hander is easy to work with. That includes handling the mechanics of a 6-foot-7 pitcher. "He's well-coordinated," Mazzone said.
Perlozzo said Richard Hidalgo was excused from camp because the outfielder's wife is ill. The Orioles aren't sure whether he'll rejoin them tomorrow, when they travel to Viera to play the Washington Nationals.
I won't be making the trip, but I'll have an entry for you in the morning that I hope you'll find interesting. I certainly was amused.