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Not a good start

Several of the Orioles auditioning for spots in the rotation had poor beginnings to the Grapefruit League season. Brad Hennessey allowed five base runners and two runs in 1 1/3 innings and was lifted because of right elbow soreness. Chris Waters surrendered three hits and a run in 1 2/3 innings, and David Pauley managed to get just one out en route to allowing four earned runs on five hits and a walk. Brian Bass also struggled, giving up four hits and two runs in two innings.

And so it begins

After last year's struggles on the base paths, Orioles manager Dave Trembley has been stressing the fundamentals early in camp. You can bet there will be more emphasis on base running in the days ahead. The Orioles ran into three outs, including two in the third inning. With men on first and second in the third, Luke Scott broke for second, but Adam Jones didn't do the same for third. Scott was eventually tagged out in a rundown. Oscar Salazar ended the inning by being tagged out at first after an RBI single. Robby Hammock was thrown out at third in the fourth inning trying to stretch an RBI double into a triple.

On deck

Danys Baez, Matt Albers and Chris Ray - three pitchers who missed either all or part of last season with arm injuries - are scheduled to throw today against the St. Louis Cardinals at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Baez will get the start opposite Cardinals veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse. Bob McCrory, Andy Mitchell and Alberto Castillo are also scheduled to pitch for the Orioles.


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