After veterans led the Orioles to a 6-1 win over the Dominican Republic in yesterday's game, the future stars took control today. Left-hander Brian Matusz led the Orioles from the mound, and catcher Matt Wieters was an offensive force.

Final score: Orioles 5, Marlins 2


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Jolbert Cabrera -- The 36-year-old utility player was 2-for-2 in today's game after taking over for Luke Scott in left field. Cabrera is going to have to play perfectly for the rest of the spring in order to show the Orioles that he deserves a spot on the Opening Day roster. It's definitely good for him to demonstrate the ability to play as many positions as possible.

Brian Matusz -- The Orioles' first-round pick in last year's MLB draft continued to show his potential to the major league coaches. In three scoreless innings, Matusz only gave up one hit. He collected two strikeouts and didn't walk any hitters. Overall this spring, Matusz has pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings and only allowed two hits. He has five strikeouts and one walk in two appearances. Still, the Orioles have indicated the desire to take it slow with the 22-year-old starting pitcher, so look for him to start the season with the Single-A Frederick Keys or the Double-A Bowie Baysox.

Lou Montanez -- The 27-year-old outfielder was 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the victory over the Marlins. Although he left five runners on base and hit into a double play, Montanez contributed a pair of RBI singles. Montanez started the game in right field and played until Guillermo Quiroz pinch-hit for him in the eighth inning.

Wilfrido Perez -- The 24-year-old left-hander is quietly becoming one of the most effective relievers for the Orioles this spring. Perez pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his second save in as many chances. He struck out one hitter in the outing. Perez hasn't given up any hits in three innings in the Grapefruit League.

Matt Wieters -- The 22-year-old catcher was 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored today. Wieters doubled against Marlins left-hander Andrew Miller, who the Detroit Tigers selected in the first round of the 2006 MLB draft, in the third inning. Wieters is 5-for-12 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs in five games this spring.

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Robby Hammock -- The 31-year-old utility player, who is attempting to make the team after receiving a non-roster invitation to spring training, was 0-for-3 with three runners left on base against the Marlins. Hammock, who started at first base today, is 2-for-9 with two doubles and an RBI in five games during the Grapefruit League.

Guillermo Rodriguez -- The 30-year-old catcher, who received a non-roster invitation to spring training, was 0-for-2 with two runners left on base after taking over for Wieters today. Rodriguez, however, earned some positive recognition when he threw out Marlins third baseman Dallas McPherson attempting to steal second base.

Justin Turner -- Turner started at second base today, but the 24-year-old was 1-for-4 with four runners left on base. Turner is 3-for-14 with one home run and three RBIs in seven games during the Grapefruit League.