Rhodes impressive for Wings


ANAHEIM, Calif -- Left-hander Arthur Rhodes struggled early in his first start for Triple-A Rochester last night, but he settled down to get the win in a 5-4 victory over Charlotte.

Rhodes allowed three runs in the first, and walked a hitter in each of the first three innings, but his final line was a respectable seven innings, five hits, three runs, three walks and 11 strikeouts.

"I was using all my pitches in the first inning," Rhodes said. "I was just leaving them over the plate. I just told myself in the second to settle down."

The Orioles have said they have no timetable set for Rhodes' return. But there's no question they would love to have him re-establish himself quickly and assume a spot in their rotation, because they need help.

"As soon as you are sent down, you have to go to work," Rhodes said. "You get out there and pitch. You can't just hope to get back to the big leagues."

Such an attitude has impressed Red Wings manager Marv Foley.

"We had a nice little conversation Tuesday about what his objectives were here," Foley said. "He knows he has to work on a few little flaws. But the guy's got a great arm, and hard-throwing lefties are hard to come by."

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