Quick notes -- Orioles 4, Marlins 2

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For the most part, today's game was dominated by Orioles veterans Aubrey Huff and Nick Markakis. Huff had three hits and three RBIs, and Markakis added two doubles and two runs scored.

Still, some minor leaguers and players with non-roster invitations to spring training helped the Orioles to a 4-2 victory over the Florida Marlins at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.


Final score: Orioles 4, Marlins 2

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Blake Davis -- The 25-year-old shortstop continues to play well in spring training. Davis was 1-for-1 after taking over for Cesar Izturis in the game. Davis, who hit .284 with four home runs and 53 RBIs for the Double-A Bowie Baysox last season, is 3-for-4 so far this spring.

Brian Matusz -- The Orioles' first-round pick in last year's MLB draft made an impressive debut in the Grapefruit League. Matusz collected three strikeouts in 1 2/3 scoreless innings against the Marlins. He allowed one hit and one walk. With each encouraging performance, Matusz moves closer to convincing officials in the organization that he's capable of pitching in the major leagues sooner rather than later.

Nolan Reimold -- The 25-year-old outfielder was 1-for-3 with a strikeout in today's game, but he earns extra points for getting a stolen base. Reimold entered the game as a defensive replacement for Felix Pie in left field, and he shifted to center field after Jolbert Cabrera pinch-hit for Justin Christian in the sixth inning.

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Justin Christian -- Speaking of Christian, the 28-year-old outfielder was 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a runner left on base. The former New York Yankees prospect is now 2-for-7 (.286) with one home run and two RBIs in three games this spring. Christian is facing long odds to make the Opening Day roster, but I like the effort he shows when playing the game.

Scott Moore -- Moore started at third base for the Orioles today, and he finished 0-for-2 with two runners left on base. The 25-year-old infielder was removed from the Orioles' 40-man roster before spring training started, but he could provide an offensive spark from the minor leagues if he's given a chance later in the season.

Justin Turner -- Turner, who was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in the offseason trade for Ramon Hernandez, took over for Moore at third base in today's game. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. The 24-year-old infielder is now 1-for-7 with a double and an RBI in four games this spring.