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Orioles Start Off 1-1

Danys Baez struggles in his first game action since Tommy John surgery. (AP)

Today the Orioles notched their first spring training win, 11-3, over the St. Louis Cardinals. Though Baltimore romped to victory, another starting pitcher struggled in his outing. Danys Baez, who is hoping to leave the bullpen behind, gave up two runs and three walks in just one inning of work.

Afterwards Baez spoke to reporters saying, "I got I the first two outs pretty quick, then tried too hard to get the third out. But it felt good and my arm felt great."

Following Baez, four Orioles pitchers (including Matt Albers and Chris Ray) each worked two innings and combined to hold the Cardinals to five hits.

Providing the power for the Orioles were Scott Moore, Justin Christian and Nolan Reimold who each hit their first home runs of the spring and combined to drive in nine of the team's 11 runs.

Dave Trembley and Tony La Russa, the FDR and Winston Churchill of baseball. (AP)

Prior to the game, managers Dave Trembley and Tony La Russa worked to remind everyone that it is spring training as the pair discussed what The Baltimore Sun's Peter Schmuck termed a lend-lease program.

Simply put, the Orioles have too many pitchers and the Cardinals too few, as a result Baltimore could have loaned a couple pitchers to St. Louis for them to get work in.

If you think this seems slightly ridiculous, you're not alone as Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak shot the idea down, saying rather succinctly, "That's not going to happen.''

Yesterday the Orioles opened spring training with a 9-3 loss to the New York Mets. Things started poorly for Baltimore as Brad Hennessey was forced to leave the game in the second inning due to elbow soreness.

It doesn't seem Hennessey will need to undergo an MRI and instead will just rest his arm.

By CJ Holley  |  February 26, 2009; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  Cardinals , Mets , Orioles  
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