In running his spring record to 3-0, Rhodes gave up five hits and didn't walk a batter in another im- pressive performance. In 17 2/3 innings against major-league competition, the 23-year-old left-hander has given up only three earned runs for a 1.53 ERA.
The only run allowed by Rhodes last night was the result of a mental lapse on his part in the last inning he worked. Cecil Fielder doubled off the left-field wall and went to third on a wild pitch.
Rhodes retrieved the ball in front of the Tigers' dugout, looked at it and, thinking play was dead, flipped it into the visiting dugout. Plate umpire Richie Garcia then waived Fielder in from third base, much to the surprise, and embarrassment of Rhodes.
Cal Ripken, who had two of the Orioles' eight hits, drove in the first run with a single in the first inning. The second run resulted from errors by Detroit left fielder Dan Gladden and second baseman Tony Phillips. Chris Hoiles singled in the third run in the sixth inning.
Anthony Telford relieved Rhodes in the eighth, pitching 1 2/3 innings and giving up two hits and a run. Brad Pennington struck out pinch hitter Chad Kreuter to end the game with two runners on base.
First baseman Doug Jennings, who hit 14 home runs and drove in 76 runs for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings last year, was put on waivers by the Orioles.
The move was made for the purpose of giving Jennings his unconditional release. His departure leaves the Orioles with 34 players in camp, including five non-roster invitees.
Jennings is being released rather than sent to the minor leagues because the Orioles don't have a spot for him at Rochester. "There's no room at the inn," said manager Johnny Oates.
Paul Carey, who is four years younger than the 28-year-old Jennings, is slated to play first base at Rochester, where Mel Wearing will be the designated hitter.
Jennings hit .238 in 17 exhibition games this spring and had a pair of home runs (in the same game against the Philadelphia Phillies) in 21 at-bats.
Tigers get Jays' MacDonald
The Tigers made a move to bolster their shaky pitching staff, purchasing the contract of left-hander Bob MacDonald from the Toronto Blue Jays.
MacDonald, 27, has pitched parts of the past three seasons for Toronto, compiling a 4-3 record with a 3.48 ERA in 76 relief
In six games this spring, MacDonald is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA.
Sutcliffe starts today
Rick Sutcliffe will make his final start of the season this afternoon, when the Orioles face the St. Louis Cardinals (1:05 p.m., WBAL 1090 AM). Rene Arocha, the right-hander who defected from Cuba, will pitch for the Cardinals.
The Orioles will be involved in an interesting matchup in their final exhibition in Florida tomorrow afternoon against the Blue Jays (1:35 p.m., WBAL 1090 AM). Fernando Valenzuela will face Toronto's Opening Day pitcher, Jack Morris.
Countdown to Opening Day
Friday * Orioles exhibition game vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at Camden Yards, 3:05 p.m. (Approximately 20,000 tickets available. Upper and lower reserved seats, regularly $8, are $4. All other seats at regular-season prices.)
* Orioles exhibition game vs. Pittsburgh Pirates at RFK Stadium Bin Washington, 1:35 p.m. (approximately 20,000 tickets available)
Baseball Gala at Camden Station, 8 p.m. Tickets are $125 each. For information, call (410) 727-1539.
* Oriole Advocates 8K Home Run, 8 a.m., starting at Camden Yards. For information, call (410) 882-5455.
* Opening Day: Orioles vs. Texas Rangers, 1:35 p.m. (sold out)