Spring Training


Clements agrees, but can't pitch until May 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Left-handed pitcher Pat Clements has accepted a minor-league contract from the Orioles and is scheduled to report to training camp tonight. He will not be eligible to join the Orioles until May 1.

Obtained on waivers from the San Diego Padres at midseason, Clements was 2-0 with a 3.28 ERA in 23 games for the Orioles last year. He declared for free agency at the end of the season, and because he wasn't offered arbitration he couldn't be re-signed by the major-league club before May 1. But he was able to sign an organizational contract. "The other clubs didn't block our signing him now," general manager Roland Hemond said. But the Player Relations Committee and the Players Association would not agree to waive the May 1 restriction.

Clements will work out with the Orioles for about a week before joining Rochester, the club's Triple-A farm team, at the minor-league complex in Sarasota. "There's no guarantee that he'll join us May 1," Hemond said. "But if we have a need, then we'll have him ready."

McDonald gets victory

Ben McDonald worked three impressive and effortless innings in the Orioles' 4-0 win over the Blue Jays last night. The right-hander allowed one hit and struck out three.

Glenn Davis' second consecutive exhibition start was twice as long as the one the night before. He played four innings, going 0-for-1 with a walk. Cal Ripken doubled in his first two at-bats, giving him seven hits in 12 at-bats.

Besides McDonald and Valenzuela, Steve Searcy and Alan Mills each pitched two scoreless innings.

The Orioles scored three times in the first inning against Todd Stottlemyre. Ripken's first double and singles by Chris Hoiles and Chito Martinez drove in the runs. Jeffrey Hammonds drove in the final run with a double to right in the sixth.

Devarez back to minors

The Orioles' first roster reduction of the spring was a technical one. Cesar Devarez, a non-roster catcher invitee, has been returned to their minor-league camp.

Right-hander Jeff Williams, who fractured his left thumb four days ago, will continue his rehabilitation at the club's minor-league facility.

Rhodes to start tonight

Arthur Rhodes will make his second start of the spring tonight against the Chicago White Sox in Sarasota. Dave Stieb, the ex-Toronto right-hander signed as a free agent, will start for the White Sox.

Rick Sutcliffe begins the starting rotation's third round tomorrow against Texas, and Mike Mussina faces the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Flanagan throws

Mike Flanagan, whose exhibition debut was delayed because of tenderness in his shoulder, threw on the sidelines yesterday. He is scheduled to pitch in tomorrow's game against the Rangers.

Pitching streak

In Wednesday night's 3-1 victory over the Pirates, five pitchers (Mussina, Mark Williamson, Jim Poole, Todd Frohwirth and Gregg Olson) retired 21 straight batters between the second and ninth innings. The string was broken when Olson gave up a walk in the last inning.

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