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Save some for Opening Day; Orioles drill Scherzer for 12 runs in 2 1/3

It's gotten ugly early at Ed Smith Stadium, where the Orioles treated Detroit Tigers young right-hander Max Scherzer like he was a Little League pitcher.

Scherzer allowed 12 runs (11 earned) on nine hits and a walk. He allowed three homers, two of them by Luke Scott. The Orioles left fielder hit a grand slam in the first inning, and a three-run shot in the second. Scott's seven RBIs in the first two innings were one more than he had in his previous 16 spring games.

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Brian Roberts is 3-for-3 with three runs, an RBI and a stolen base. Nick Markakis is 2-for-3 with an RBI. Derrek Lee is 0-for-1 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch. Vladimir Guerrero is 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Mark Reynolds has a double and Jake Fox has his 10th Grapefruit League home run.

Not bad for three innings of work.

The Orioles currently lead 13-1. And by the way, it's expected that Zach Britton will be sent to minor league camp after the game, but he continues to impress. He's allowed one run on five hits over four innings. He's also struck out four. It won't be long before we see him in the big leagues.

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