The Orioles lost 3-1 to the Nationals yesterday in Fort Lauderdale; however, Koji Uehara looked good — real good. The Japanense hurler, coming back from a strained hamstring, did give up a run, but struck out seven out of the eleven hitters he faced. His counterpart on the mound for Washington, young Sharion Martis pitched six shutout innings and only gave up three hits, while fanning four.
Alfredo Simon — a candidate for the rotation — got plenty of work in as he pitched four innings, and gave up two runs; however, he struck out one. His ERA is a paltry 0.90.
Baltimore’s only run came off a Chris Gomez sacrifice fly in the 7th inning.
- It looks like David Pauley — who has been hit around during this Spring Training — is now out of the running for the starting rotation spot.
- Jeremy Guthrie came back from his trip out West as part of the World Baseball Classic team, and got shelled; alas, he acknowledged that he might need more work in preparation for the season. Then again, Adam Eaton got rocked in yesterday’s game against the Twins by giving up three home runs.
- Finally, some sad news: George Kell — who played with the Orioles in 1956-57 — passed away on Monday.
- Amber Theoharis likes what Andy MacPhail is doing with rebuilding the Orioles.
- MASN’s Kate Wheeler notes that Dave Trembley will have a segment on the network’s website, as he’ll contribute a video blog with Roch Kubatko.
- Steve Melewski looks at the debate between Nolan Reimold and Felix Pie, as well as the state of pitching in the minor league camp.