Trying to win a roster spot as a starter or long reliever, Garrett Olson shut out the Minnesota Twins over three innings. He lost some effectiveness in the third, when he threw only nine of 20 pitches for strikes and walked two batters. He did retire nine of the 11 batters he faced and left with a 3-0 lead.
Ruling as Rule 5
Orioles manager Dave Trembley expects to wait until the final days of camp before deciding whether to keep reliever Randor Bierd, a Rule 5 pick who must stay with the club all season or be offered back to the Detroit Tigers for $25,000. One way for Bierd to increase his chances of sticking with the Orioles is by showing he can go more than one inning. He did it yesterday, pitching the last two and recording the save.
Twins starter Nick Blackburn hit Orioles catcher Ramon Hernandez on the left palm in the second inning. Hernandez dropped his bat and winced in pain but remained in the game through seven innings. A foul ball hit by Brian Roberts struck a female fan. She left her seat to receive treatment and was greeted by a loud ovation when she returned an inning later.
With the Orioles skipping Adam Loewen's turn in the rotation because of left-shoulder inflammation, Jon Leicester will start today against the Boston Red Sox in Fort Myers. Leicester is trying to make the club as the fifth starter or in a long relief role, but he allowed a two-run homer in his most recent appearance. Dennis Sarfate and Rocky Cherry will follow Leicester. Daisuke Matsuzaka starts for the Red Sox.