O's: 4 hits; Chen amiss

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Orioles starter Bruce Chen was hammered for six runs in his team's 7-0 loss yesterday to the St. Louis Cardinals before 6,482 at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.

Chen, who hadn't given up a run in his two previous spring outings spanning six innings, allowed six hits and three walks in four innings. St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina had an RBI double in the second and designated hitter John Gall had the big hit in the Cardinals' four-run third with a two-run double.


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LaTroy Hawkins -- He pitched his fifth scoreless inning yesterday in as many outings - by throwing just four pitches. That's economical.

Tim Byrdak -- He wasn't great yesterday, but got out of the inning with no damage and maintained his 0.00 ERA. Nothing about him is spectacular, but he usually gets the job done.


Bruce Chen -- When he lacks his command, the results usually aren't pretty. Take yesterday, for example.

Orioles batters -- They managed only two hits off St. Louis starter Chris Carpenter and four overall for the game. Howie Clark, Eddy Garabito and company didn't stand a chance.

Val Majewski -- His bat has never gotten on track this spring, but after missing the 2005 season because of shoulder surgery, he gets a reprieve.


Outfielder Jay Gibbons (strained right hamstring) is expected to be in the Orioles' lineup Tuesday. ... Reliever Todd Williams (sore right calf muscle) will throw a side bullpen session Tuesday. ... Second baseman Brian Roberts (left elbow surgery) remains on track to play Tuesday.