Baltimore Sun

Quick notes -- Orioles 6, Dominican Republic 1

For the most part, the Orioles were led by players who are locks to make the Opening Day roster in today's 6-1 victory over the Dominican Republic team that will participate in the World Baseball Classic.

Third baseman Ty Wigginton was 2-for-2 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in the game. Orioles catcher Gregg Zaun was 2-for-2 with an RBI, and left fielder Felix Pie was 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a run scored.


Orioles starting pitcher Koji Uehara looked strong again. Uehara allowed two singles in three scoreless innings, and he collected two strikeouts. So far, the Orioles seem to have a strong candidate for American League Rookie of the Year, and his name isn't even Matt Wieters.

Final score: Orioles 6, Dominican Republic 1


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Brian Bass -- The 27-year-old right-hander gave up one hit in two scoreless innings against the Dominican Republic. Bass had one strikeout in the game, which was a solid feat against a Dominican national team that is full of star players. He's a sleeper to make the Opening Day roster and each strong performance helps his cause.

Jolbert Cabrera -- I've been pointing out Cabrera's negative play a lot in the first week of the spring, so I felt it was good to note that the 36-year-old shortstop had a single in today's game. Cabrera also took part in two of the Orioles' four double plays turned defensively against the Dominicans.

Robby Hammock -- There was nothing spectacular about Hammock's performance against the Dominican Republic, but he showed his versatility by taking over for Huff at first base. The 31-year-old utility player has the ability to play catcher, both corner infield positions and both corner outfield spots. Hammock was 0-for-1 with an RBI groundout today.

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Blake Davis -- After taking over for Cabrera today, the 25-year-old shortstop was 0-for-1. Davis also committed a fielding error, which puts him in this category for today's performance. Still, Davis has gotten off to a quick start in the Grapefruit League, so one game shouldn't affect the infielder's status within the organization.

Bob McCrory -- The Orioles lost their shutout in the eighth inning when the 26-year-old right-hander gave up a run. McCrory pitched final two innings, allowing one run and three hits. Still, I wouldn't worry much about his performance against the Dominican Republic because he's pitched well so far this spring. In 2 1/3 innings during Grapefruit League action, McCrory has not given up any runs.