FYI: Don't hang a curveball to Corey Patterson. Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley made that mistake in the third inning, and the game was no longer scoreless.

Patterson led off the third by crushing a home run to right field, his first this spring.


So how's Luis Matos doing?

The Orioles got a leadoff double from David Newhan and a Patterson walk in the first inning, but the rally fizzled when Melvin Mora was called out for interfering with catcher Sandy Alomar on Newhan's attempted steal of third base. Alomar threw the ball down the left field line, and he almost smacked  Mora in the face. Mora tried to lean back, but Alomar also stepped back, and the call brought a mild protest from manager Sam Perlozzo.

Singles by Val Majewski and Eli Whiteside went to waste in the second, but the Orioles moved ahead, 3-0, in the third on Patterson's homer and a two-run triple by Napoleon Calzado.

For you Billingsley fans...I'm sorry. He reached 94 mph on a scout's radar gun, and shattered Majewski's bat on an infield single in the third. But he also hung a curveball on Mora's single that proceeded a Nick Markakis walk and Calzado's drive into the right-center field gap. He left with one out in the third.

By the way, Markakis tapped out to the catcher to end the first inning.

Eric DuBose was terrific. He retired the side in the first, allowed a leadoff single to Jeff Kent in the second and got Matt Kemp to ground into a force and Bill Mueller to bounce into a double play. Kemp looked out at first base, but the Orioles didn't get the call. There's been a lot of that going around today.

DuBose struck out J.D. Drew with a nasty changeup in the first inning. He showed off that pitch a couple times during the at-bat, and Drew was clueless.

Former San Francisco Giants reliever Jim Brower has replaced DuBose. Perlozzo really likes him so far, which is good for us media types who want to spend the whole summer asking him Barry Bonds questions.