PHILADELPHIA -- Opening Day can't come soon enough for left fielder Brady Anderson, who had a single, double and home run in three at-bats as the Orioles completed their exhibition season last night with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
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 finished the spring with a .344 average.
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 general manager Ron Schueler. The possibility of trading for Dibble has been discussed within the Orioles' organization, 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 undergoing 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 on Saturday in Sarasota, Fla., and appeared to be throwing about 88-90 mph.
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. May 3 is bargain night (upper reserved seats are $5), and schedule magnets will be given away May 3 and May 4.
Also, about 2,000 tickets are available for each of the three games against the Toronto Blue Jays on 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 about 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 against the Kansas City Royals. . . . 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, striking out three and allowing two hits, five walks and one run. That one run could have 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 -- the M110 -- that you can purchase at your local sporting goods store. . . . The Orioles will work out today in Kansas City. . . . 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. . . . Two fans ran onto the field last night to hold up a banner. But the wind kept blowing the sign, preventing the duo from displaying its message to the world before being blitzed by security personnel.
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.
Anderson paused when asked, then said, "Let's just say I like the black hats and leave it at that."