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Orioles and Tides dodge raindrops in 3-3 tie at Harbor Park

NORFOLK, VA. — For most of Friday morning, there appeared to be no chance the Orioles and the Norfolk Tides would be able to play their scheduled exhibition at Harbor Park, but the heavy rainstorm relented just in time to get the field ready for the game.

The only question after that was who would win -- the Orioles' likely Opening Day lineup or a Tides lineup that featured seven players with major league experience that competed all spring to be on the opposing team.

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The answer: nobody did.

Ryan Flaherty drove in the tying run twice, first on a groundout and then on a single in the ninth as the Orioles came back to tie the Triple-A Tides, 3-3.

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An eighth-inning sacrifice fly by infielder Johnny Giavotella had given the Tides the lead in a game that also featured J.J. Hardy's second home run of the spring and a two-run double by Tides catcher Francisco Pena.

Hardy's home run came off Norfolk starter Brandon Barker and benefited from a stiff breeze that was blowing out to left field. Chris Dickerson scored the winning run from third base after walking, advancing to second on a wild pitch and to third on a balk by pitcher Richard Rodriguez.

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