DOWN AND OUT
The Orioles had eight hits but were shut out for the second time this spring and have dropped four straight Grapefruit League games. They had their chances yesterday, particularly in the final two innings. The Orioles loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but New York reliever Brian Stokes got pinch hitter Jolbert Cabrera to ground out. The Orioles loaded the bases in the ninth, bringing the tying run to the plate with Adam Jones. But Jones swung at Elmer Dessens' first pitch and bounced into a game-ending double play.
BAEZ GIVES UP FOUR
In his latest opportunity to make his case for a spot in the rotation, right-hander Danys Baez was knocked around by a Mets lineup that included only a few players expected to make their Opening Day roster. Baez allowed four earned runs on seven hits and a walk in 4 2/3 innings, tying Brad Bergesen for the longest outing by an Orioles pitcher this spring. He retired six of the first seven batters he faced before allowing four hits and two runs in the third inning and two more runs in the fifth.
The Orioles will face their American League East rival, the Tampa Bay Rays, at 1:05 p.m. today for the only time this spring. Left-hander Mark Hendrickson will get his second start opposite Rays right-hander Andy Sonnanstine. George Sherrill and Jamie Walker are also scheduled to pitch for the Orioles. Young left-hander David Price, one of baseball's best prospects, will also take the mound for the Rays.