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ORIOLES 8, MARLINS 1

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Making his bid

Brian Burres took his turn yesterday at trying to convince manager Dave Trembley that he's the best choice for the fifth starter's job. He was pretty convincing, too. Burres blanked the Florida Marlins on six hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking none and striking out four. One hit was a bunt single. Burres lowered his ERA to 2.77. He has allowed 18 hits and walked one in 13 innings. "We got 75 pitches out of him," Trembley said. "His tempo was good. Pitching sets the tone for the game, and he did." Burres might have done more than that.

Not even close

A 1-0 lead swelled to 6-0 in the second inning against Marlins starter Scott Olsen, as the Orioles sent nine batters to the plate and blew the game wide open. Jay Payton doubled and later scored on a wild pitch. Brandon Fahey, trying to beat out Luis Hernandez for the starting shortstop job, had a two-run triple in the inning. Scott Moore struck out three times as the leadoff hitter, but his grounder to second baseman Dan Uggla brought in a run. Melvin Mora and Kevin Millar followed with back-to-back doubles. For a team that had reached double figures in hits just once in its past 13 games, the outburst was long overdue.

Who's on third?

That would be Aubrey Huff, who made his first appearance there since spring training began - with the exception of the ground balls he has been taking the past few days. A bouncer from Jason Wood deflected off his glove for a hit in the second inning, and Huff pulled up while chasing a shallow fly ball from Wood to avoid a collision with shortstop Fahey. But overall, Huff was pleased with his performance and enjoyed being back at his original position. "I'm glad I didn't get too many hard-hit balls over there," said Huff, who made a nice backhand stop along the line on Matt Treanor's grounder and got the force at third. "Just choppers."

On deck

Jeremy Guthrie makes his first appearance since Trembley anointed him the Opening Day starter. His reward: a trip to Jupiter, Fla., to face the St. Louis Cardinals. This is Guthrie's final tuneup before pitching against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday at Camden Yards. Adam Wainwright starts for the Cardinals, giving the Orioles another chance to see him. Wainwright pitched against them Friday.

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