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February 25, 2009

Pauley rocked after Jones rolled

Former Red Sox prospect David Pauley, another candidate for the starting rotation, also didn't have an auspicious Orioles exhibition debut. He lasted just a third of an inning and got shelled by the Mets in the fourth. He gave up five hits, a walk and four earned runs before being removed from the game.

The only out he got was on a spectacular running catch by Adam Jones, who took a shoulder roll after robbing Jose Valentin of a bloop hit in shallow center field. Jones looked like he was favoring the shoulder when he got up, but apparently was fine.

Game update: The Orioles are coming to bat in the ninth trailing, 9-3. Luis Castillo has a pair of two-run singles and Ryan Church has three RBI for the Mets.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 3:32 PM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Just baseball


Gotta love that Freel is being aggressive and stealing bases early in the spring. Proof that he works his butt off! Just hope he stays healthy and doesn't run into any walls while trying to make catches in the outfield...

I guess we now know why we have 37 pitchers in Spring Training!

Hopefully the pitching performace today isn't a sign of things to come - a pitcher leaves early with elbow problems and a dark horse can't survive a single inning without giving up 4 runs?

One spring season game does not a season make, but the performance of Hennessy and Pauley are more than a little concerning.

Pauley will need to do a little better than that if he wants a cracker.

Pete, Gave you a "The Schmuck Stops Here" call today from the stands. You acknowledged with a big smile. I was surprised though, no bright Hawaiian shirt. I'll give you a yell tomorrow if you climb down out of your perch. Did former Sun reporter Jimmy Henneman travel south by chance?

Pete's reply: I remember. I'll be puttering around tomorrow. Henneman isn't here right now, but we'll see him soon I'm sure. He also spends some time on the Sarasota side.

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