SIX IS A CHARM
Second baseman Donnie Murphy has won it for the Orioles with a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth off Steve Green. It was the sixth homer by the Orioles on this afternoon in a 9-8 win over the Sox.
THE SOX ARE COMING (3:43, Bottom 9th, Tied 8-8)
Young outfielder Zack Daegas, who has shown a nice stroke this spring, knocked in Lars Anderson (single) with the seventh Boston run with one out. His RBI hit was followed by Paul McAnulty's single to right, tying the game, 8-8.
TAKE FIVE (3:32 p.m. Bottom 8th, Orioles 8-6)
Nolan Reimold hit a solo homer in the bottom of the eighth, the fifth of the game for the Orioles, who head into the top of the ninth with a two-run lead. Quite a display by the young Oriole hitters.
POWER PLAY (3:12 p.m. TOP 8th, Orioles 7-6)
O's shortstop Justin Turner has smacked his second homer of the day, a two-run shot off lefty Hunter Jones in the bottom of the seventh, the fourth homer allowed by Boston pitching today.
NO QUIT IN THESE BIRDS (3:02 p.m. BOTTOM 7th, 6-5 SOX)
The Orioles scored a run in the bottom of the sixth on Ty Wigginton's sacrifice fly scoring Nick Markakis who had doubled. We're in the bottom of the seventh now with lefty Hunter Jones in the game. Orioles have changed their entire lineup with most of the regulars calling it a day.
GREEN WITH ENVY (2:47 p.m., TOP 6th, Sox 6-4)
"Watch Nick Green. He'll grow on you," a scout told me this winter after the Red Sox signed Green to a minor-league deal. Truer words have never been spoken. Green may be solidifying a utility role with the Sox particularly now that Julio Lugo may have a knee injury. Green stroked a single to right in the top of the sixth scoring Jeff Bailey with the tying run. Bailey had started the inning with a long triple to centerfield. Green then advanced to second on a errant pick off throw and after Angel Chavez reached on tapper to third, leadoff hitter Josh Reddick drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly to right. Tough inning for righty Liz Radhames, who was relieved after he walked Lowrie for sidearm-er Andy Mitchell who immediately allowed an RBI double down the leftfield line to Rocco Baldelli.
LONG GONE (2:26 p.m. TOP 6th, 4-3)
No. 9 hitter Justin Turner, a shortstop, hit a long blast off Devern Hansack with one out in the fifth to recapture the lead for the Orioles, 4-3. It's the third home run of the day for the Birds. Hansack, who is scheduled to be a starter at Pawtucket, hasn't created any starting rotation controversies with his outing today.
SOX KEEP BATTLING BACK (2:21 p.m., BOTTOM 5th, 3-3)
The Sox played a little small ball after a double to right field by No. 9 hitter Angel Chavez, playing third base for the Sox today. Chavez was sacrificed to third on a nice bunt by Josh Reddick. After Jed Lowrie drew a walk, DH Rocco Baldelli reached on an infield single to second base that took a bad hop away from Brian Roberts, scoring the run.)
BALLS ARE CARRYING (2:15 p.m. TOP 5th, Orioles 3-2)
Nick Markakis stroked a solo homer that carried over the left-center field wall with a strong wind blowing to leftcenter, giving the Orioles the lead in the bottom of the fourth. The home run came off Devern Hansack, who also allowed a single in the inning to Felix Pie.
NOT SO FAST (1:41 p.m. TOP 3RD, TIED 2-2)
Orioles leftfielder Felix Pie stroked a two-run homer in the second inning off Sox starter Adam Mills, a righthander, who got the nod today over Jon Lester who made a start in Fort Myers this morning so he could take a physical and get ready for an 11 a.m. press conference in Fort Myers tomorrow. Mills split time between Lancaster and Portland last season going a combined 7-9 with a 4.24 ERA.
MAKE IT A DOUBLE (1:25 p.m. BOTTOM 2ND, SOX 2-0)
The Red Sox don't have many regulars here, but one of them - Jed Lowrie - who has suddenly become the starting shortstop with Julio Lugo nursing a knee injury - doubled to deep center against Orioles' starter Danys Baez in the first inning driving in centerfielder Josh Reddick for the first Sox run. Reddick had reached with a double to leftcenter. Later in the inning, catcher Josh Bard stroked a hard single to right scoring Lowrie with Boston's second run.