Baltimore Sun

Quick notes -- Orioles 5, Red Sox 3

It's too bad the spring training games don't count once the regular season begins.

The Orioles are undefeated against American League East opponents after today's 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox. Of course, 1-0 against teams in the division during the spring just reminds fans that there's a long season ahead.


Final score: Orioles 5, Red Sox 3

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Brad Bergesen -- Someone might be creeping into the Orioles rotation to start the regular season. Although most indications seem to be that Bergesen will start in the minor leagues, you have to be encouraged by his performance today. The 23-year-old right-hander had three strikeouts and allowed four hits in three scoreless innings against the Red Sox. According to Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec in the game story, manager Dave Trembley hasn't completely shot down the idea of Bergesen as a major league starter to begin the season.

Justin Christian -- The 28-year-old outfielder was 1-for-2 with a double and a run scored in today's game. Christian also made an exceptional diving catch in the fifth inning, according to The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck. For the spring, Christian is now hitting .333 (4-for-12) with one home run, two RBIs and three runs scored.

Donnie Murphy -- With a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the Orioles in the lead, Murphy earned some positive recognition. The 25-year-old utility player, who took over for Ty Wigginton at third base in today's game, will need other outstanding performances in order to make the Opening Day roster, but it's good to see him come through with a clutch hit.

Wilfrido Perez -- The 24-year-old left-hander tossed a scoreless inning in relief to earn his first save of the spring. Perez walked one hitter and collected two strikeouts in the outing. He hasn't allowed a run in two innings so far this spring.

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Nolan Reimold -- In today's game, Reimold showed why he still has some work to do before breaking into the major leagues. The 25-year-old outfielder was 0-for-2 with a strikeout. In his other at-bat, Reimold grounded into a double play. So far this spring, he is hitting .250 (3-for-12) with one home run and a team-high four RBIs. Still, as today's performance showed, there's more progress to be made.

Chris Waters -- If you look at the box score, Waters was credited with the victory in today's game. That's only because Murphy hit his home run after Waters squandered the lead by allowing a two-run home run by Red Sox shortstop Ivan Ochoa in the top of the seventh inning. The 28-year-old left-hander finished with one strikeout in three innings. In 4 2/3 innings this spring, Waters has a 5.79 ERA.

Matt Wieters -- The 22-year-old prospect pinch-hit for Adam Jones in the fourth inning and stayed in the game as the designated hitter. Wieters was 0-for-2 with two runners left on base in the victory. Overall, he is 3-for-9 with a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored so far this spring.