Orioles: What a beating! (updated)
The Orioles were no match for the Red Sox in their final Grapefruit League meeting. The Sox rolled up 17 hits and scored 14 runs, eight of them on a pair of grand slams by Victor Martinez and Kevin Frandsen.
The Orioles got a solid relief effort from closer Mike Gonzalez, but there weren't a lot of other highlights other than a ninth-inning three-run homer by Ty Wigginton. The bullpen took a beating for much of the afternoon and you've got to wonder what the club is thinking after the middle relief guys pitched so well early in the exhibition season.
“It’s been up and down,” said manager Dave Trembley. “You know, you saw two different guys today in Berken. The other day he got real good extension on his pitches and pitched down. Today he didn’t. You take the good with the bad. We need what we need to get done in order to get off to a good start in the season. Can’t play like this.”