In his second Grapefruit League outing, Orioles right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, a candidate to be the club's Opening Day starter, turned in three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and one walk while striking out two. Guthrie breezed through the first inning in nine pitches, striking out Kevin Youkilis looking to end the frame. He struggled in the second, putting men on the corners with one out. However, he got out of the jam by striking out Bobby Kielty and retiring Chris Carter on a pop-up. He then retired Mike Lowell with two men on to end the third. "Overall fastball location probably wasn't as good as last game, but the changeup was real solid and the slider had more depth to it," said Guthrie, who threw 48 pitches, 27 for strikes.
Five in third
For 2 2/3 innings, the Orioles looked powerless and confused against Red Sox starter Julian Tavarez. But that changed in a span of a few swings. With two outs and nobody on in the third, Brian Roberts worked Tavarez for a walk after falling behind 0-2. Melvin Mora then started a string of four consecutive RBI hits with a double to right-center. Nick Markakis followed with an RBI single to right field, and Kevin Millar scored a run with a single to left. That ended Tavarez's afternoon. Kyle Snyder came in and promptly gave up a two-run homer to Aubrey Huff. That gave the Orioles a 5-0 lead.
Liz locked in
Young right-hander Radhames Liz, one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects, might be headed to the minor leagues, but he's making quite an impression in his second spring camp. Liz turned in two scoreless innings yesterday, allowing one hit and striking out two. He has allowed just two hits and one walk and no runs in four innings this spring. Liz was particularly impressive against Boston phenom Jacoby Ellsbury, striking him out on three pitches, the final one a slider for a called strike.
The Orioles will play host to a split-squad team from the New York Mets this afternoon at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Brian Burres will get his second Grapefruit League start.