Tillman has strong outing vs. Boston
Orioles unable to generate any offense against Red Sox
RED SOX 6, ORIOLES (ss) 0
at Fort Myers, Fla.
Saturday, March 20
Orioles at the plate: With the regulars back home playing Pittsburgh, a makeshift Baltimore lineup didn't do much against Boston. Lou Montanez, Jeff Salazar, Ronnie Welty and Blake Davis each had a hit.
Red Sox at the plate: Kevin Youkilis drilled his first homer of the spring, a two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth, and Marco Scutaro did the same in the seventh. Dustin Pedroia banged out two hits, including a double.Orioles on the mound: Starter Chris Tillman, facing what was largely Boston's "A" lineup, gave up two hits and two runs over five innings, walking one and striking out one. Tillman is trying to lock down the fifth spot in the rotation. Former Red Sox right-hander Cla Meredith worked around two hits to throw a scoreless inning. Red Sox on the mound: Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield pitched five shutout innings, allowing two hits and walking two while striking out three. Manny Delcarmen pitched a scoreless sixth, walking one. Worth noting: Mike Cameron got the day off for the Red Sox, with Jacoby Ellsbury moving from left to center.
Grapefruit League records: Red Sox 9-8; Orioles 7-11.
Up next: The Red Sox will be busy on Sunday, with split-squad contests at 1:05 p.m. ET. One group will host the Astros on MLB.TV at City of Palms Park, with Jon Lester on the mound and Mike Lowell making the start at third base. Left-hander Felix Doubront will start the other game in Dunedin, Fla., against the Blue Jays. And Daisuke Matsuzaka will see his first game action in the morning when he fires two innings in a Minor League contest. Adrian Beltre is going to Dunedin, while the rest of the regulars will play at home.
Baltimore travels to Clearwater, Fla., for the second time in three days to take on Philadelphia on MLB.TV at 1:05 p.m. at Bright House Field. Former Orioles Jamie Moyer will pitch for the Phillies and will be opposed by veteran Kevin Millwood. Will Ohman and Jim Johnson are also expected to pitch.
Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.