PHILADELPHIA -- Opening Day can't come soon enough for left fielder Brady Anderson, who had a single, double and homer in three at-bats as the Orioles completed their exhibition schedule with a 5-2 victory over Philadelphia.
In his first at-bat, Anderson smashed a long double off the left-field fence. Two innings later, Anderson lined a single to right, and then in the fifth, he hit a 370-foot homer that easily cleared the right-field wall, his third homer of the spring. He scored three runs and stole a base.
Anderson batted .344 for the spring. "It looks like Brady's ready to go," said Orioles manager Phil Regan.
Dibble on the block
Right-handed reliever Rob Dibble, who apparently isn't going to make the Opening Day roster of the Chicago White Sox, is being shopped by GM Ron Schueler.
The possibility of trading for Dibble has been discussed by the Orioles, and he wouldn't cost them much. According to a baseball source, the White Sox would dump Dibble for about $50,000. If he's in the big leagues, Dibble's contract calls for him to be paid a $400,000 base salary, plus $50,000 for every five appearances after his 25th appearance. That means that if Dibble were to appear in 50 games, he would cost $650,000.
Dibble, 31, missed all of last year after shoulder surgery. He had been clocked at close to 100 mph during his heyday with the Cincinnati Reds, striking out 136 in 98 innings in 1990. Dibble pitched against the Orioles last Saturday and appeared to be throwing about 88-90.
Home opener sold out
The home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 1 is sold out. There are approximately 10,000 tickets left for the games May 3 and May 4, and 2,000 tickets are available for each the three games against Toronto May 5-7.
Around the horn
Minor-league left-hander Rick Krivda cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester last night. That created a spot on the Orioles' 40-man roster for outfielder Kevin Bass, who had signed a minor-league contract 10 days ago. . . . Andy Van Slyke left last night's game with a strained left forearm, a minor injury that is not expected to keep him out of tomorrow's season opener. . . . For 12 years, Van Slyke played all of his home games on artificial surfaces, in St. Louis and Pittsburgh. Not this year. "I'm very glad to be leaving turf," he said as he ran off Philadelphia's artificial surface. "I lost 2 million fragments of body tissue on turf."
John DeSilva, promoted from Rochester to pitch last night's exhibition, threw effectively for five innings, allowing two hits, walking five, striking out three and allowing one run. That one run could've been prevented if second baseman Bret Barberie hadn't had trouble getting the ball out of his glove on a would-be double play in the first inning. . . . Van Slyke signed so late in spring that he didn't have a chance to order any bats. He's using Pro Stock models while he waits -- the M110 -- which you can purchase at your local sporting goods store. . . . Players association chief Donald Fehr met with the Orioles for more than an hour before the exhibition for the annual state of the union address. . . . Losers of the Year Award go to the two fans who ran onto the the field last night to hold up a banner. But the wind kept blowing the sign, preventing the dynamic duo from displaying their message before they were blitzed by security personnel. . . . Catcher Chris Hoiles, coming back from a sore shoulder, threw much better last night.
The Orioles broke out their new road caps for last night's game, with their black bill and gray top.
Not every player was actually polled, but judging from the reaction of several Orioles, it could be assumed that the collective verdict on the caps is 28 thumbs down.
"I feel like a railroad engineer," said one player.
Pitcher Mike Mussina quoted actor Bill Murray in the movie "Stripes": "I think I speak for everyone when I say that I think this run should be postponed until the platoon is better rested."
Mussina added: "To put it mildly, they're not very popular. I think there's a lot of softball resemblance."
Anderson paused when asked, then said, "Let's just say I like the black hats and leave it at that."
"The only guy who liked it was Chris Hoiles," Regan said. "He didn't have to wear it."