Last tuneup stars Tejada


In the last exhibition game before Opening Day, Miguel Tejada hit a two-run homer in the first inning and added an RBI single in the third to lead the Orioles past the Washington Nationals, 8-4, last night at Camden Yards.

The Orioles completed their exhibition schedule with a 13-17 record. They'll hold a workout today before tomorrow's opener against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Daniel Cabrera went four innings in his final spring start, allowing three runs and five hits. Cabrera walked four and struck out eight.

The Nationals scored three times in the fourth inning to erase the Orioles' 3-0 lead. Daryle Ward homered and Jose Vidro stroked a two-run double.

The Orioles went ahead 6-3 in the sixth on a run-scoring double by Luis Matos, a wild pitch and Kevin Millar's sacrifice fly.

Reliever Jim Brower walked the bases loaded in the seventh, but the Nationals couldn't score. Tim Byrdak struck out Ward to end the threat.

The Nationals also left the bases loaded in the ninth, with Sendy Rleal striking out Wiki Gonzalez to end the game.

The Orioles scored two unearned runs in the seventh on a fielder's choice grounder from Corey Patterson and Javy Lopez's sacrifice fly.

Nick Markakis singled twice and doubled as the Orioles' starting center fielder. He survived the final round of cuts.

"He played extremely well. He forced our hand," manager Sam Perlozzo said. "I was impressed with everything he did out there."


Luis Matos -- Once thought to be on his way out of town, Matos will be the center fielder on Opening Day. Quite a turnaround.

Nick Markakis -- Didn't need to lie about having catching experience as way to make 25-man roster. He earned it.

Miguel Tejada -- Swinging with authority, fielding his position and playing with purpose. That's more like it.


Jim Brower -- He's not pitching well, and the Orioles hope he doesn't become the 2006 version of Mike DeJean.

Daniel Cabrera -- You never know what you're going to get with Cabrera. He's like a 6-foot-7 box of chocolates.

Melvin Mora -- No resolution to his contract situation as Opening Day approaches. Might have to change his stance. How else can he hit with one foot in the batter's box and one foot out the door?


The Orioles placed reliever Todd Williams on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, and reliever John Parrish on the 15-day disabled list following left elbow surgery. Both moves are retroactive to March 24.

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