With the Orioles apparently set on going with 13 pitchers and just 12 position players, reserve infielder Chris Gomez appears to be the odd man out for the Opening Day roster. But he made a late case for inclusion Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., going 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored and playing steady defense at shortstop. Gomez got off to a horrible start at the plate this spring, managing just one hit in his first 18 at-bats. That's the reason his average was at .200 after a three-hit day.
PENN NOT MIGHTY
Hayden Penn gave up six runs over 3 2/3 innings in what was cast by manager Dave Trembley as a make-or-break outing. He gave up a three-run home run to Chris Duncan and a solo homer to Jason LaRue, raising his spring ERA to 10.06.
Opening Day starter Jeremy Guthrie is scheduled to make his final start of the Grapefruit League exhibition season at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday against the Florida Marlins at Fort Lauderdale Stadium. Guthrie will be making his fourth start of the spring - not counting his work in the World Baseball Classic - and could use a confidence builder after giving up six runs in 4 2/3 innings his last time out. Meanwhile, left-hander Mark Hendrickson will pitch in a minor league game at the Minnesota Twins' facility in Fort Myers.