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Uehara, O's Handcuff Dominican Republic

Baltimore 6, Dominican Republic 1.

That's not a typo.

The Orioles bested a Dominican lineup that featured David Ortiz, Miguel Tejada and Hanley Ramirez but not Alex Rodriguez who has been diagnosed with a hip injury.

Leading the charge was Koji Uehara who, in his second spring training start, pitched three scoreless innings while throwing 23 of 36 pitches for strikes.

Ty Wigginton jump started the Orioles by blasting a three run homer off of Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto in the first inning. Baltimore also touched up Pedro Martinez, scoring twice in the fourth inning against the Dominican legend.

Uehara's afternoon got off to a rocky start, bouncing one curveball and hitting Willy Taveras with another. Uehara is still working on his breaking ball as he's becoming increasingly comfortable with the feel of the American baseball.

Obviously this is just an exhibition game but Uehara's progress has to be encouraging O's fans. What are you guys taking away from this win?

By CJ Holley  |  March 4, 2009; 6:06 PM ET
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not much. it does not seem like the dominican's were really serious about the game. it is good to see that the o's pitching is looking good.

Posted by: texaspete8 | March 5, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

What am I taking away? Kenshin Kawakami has thrown 5 shut out innings in 2 games with 2 hits, Uehara is pitching well, as is Tazawa, and the Nats were not players for any of them. Instead, StanPlan is talking up his relationship with ambassadors. I'm taking away a nauseous feeling when I think about this.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 5, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse

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