Quick notes -- Orioles 7, Nationals 5

There was good news on a couple different fronts for the Orioles today.

They beat the Nationals in Viera, Fla., and later announced a minor league deal with starting pitcher Adam Eaton. The right-handed veteran, who was released by the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, will join the Orioles in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


It seems like a good low-risk move that could give them a solution for another spot in the rotation. We'll see how it plays out over the rest of the spring.

Final score: Orioles 7, Nationals 5


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David Pauley -- The 25-year-old right-hander started today's game after left-hander Rich Hill was scratched due to stiffness in his throwing elbow. After allowing four runs and five hits in 1/3 of an inning against the New York Mets on Feb. 25, Pauley turned in a solid outing against the Nationals. He gave up one run and three hits in three innings. The one run came on a solo homer by Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson in the third inning, and Pauley collected three strikeouts in the game.

Chris Tillman -- The 20-year-old right-hander walked two hitters and collected one strikeout in two scoreless innings against the Nationals. Tillman also threw a wild pitch, so his control might not have been as good as expected, but he was able to get the job done. In case you missed it, check out the story in today's newspaper by Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec about Tillman and the rest of the Orioles' promising pitching prospects.

Justin Turner -- After yesterday's game, I mentioned that Turner was off to a slow start this spring. The 24-year-old infielder made a little bit of progress with a two-run home run in the third inning against Nationals pitcher Tyler Clippard. He was 1-for-2 in today's game, and he is now tied for the team lead in home runs. It's only one, but it's enough to shut me up for at least a day.

Matt Wieters -- Speaking of home runs, Wieters connected for a two-run shot against Garrett Mock in the sixth inning. The 22-year-old catcher also singled in the fourth. Wieters finished 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs in today's game, which brings his batting average to .429 (3-for-7) this spring.

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Scott Moore -- The 25-year-old infielder tripled against Nationals starting pitcher Scott Olsen, but he was also thrown out at home plate by Elijah Dukes. Additionally, Moore left four runners on base in today's game. Overall, he was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and a strikeout.

Troy Patton -- The 23-year-old left-hander gave up two runs and three hits in in 2/3 of an inning. He also walked one hitter, and Bob McCrory needed to come in to escape the jam in the seventh inning with the Orioles leading, 6-3. It is likely that Patton will start the 2009 season in the minor leagues, but rough outings in spring training could still hurt his confidence.


Ross Wolf -- The 26-year-old right-hander, who received a non-roster invitation to spring training, was expected to close out the game for the Orioles. However, Wolf gave up two runs and two hits in 1/3 of an inning. He also walked one batter, and Andy Mitchell replaced him. Although Mitchell gave up two hits, he was able to get the final two outs and preserve the 7-5 win.