Jones' homer only thunder for O's
Righty Guthrie improves in latest spring outing
MARLINS 5, ORIOLES 2
at Jupiter, Fla.
Tuesday, March 23
Orioles at the plate: Adam Jones hit his third home run of the spring, taking Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco out to right-center field with one out in the first inning to give the O's a 1-0 lead. The first three hitters in the order -- Nolan Reimold, Jones (2-for-3) and Nick Markakis -- hit safely. Markakis' batting average is now .324 this spring. Miguel Tejada went 0-for-3 to bring his average down to .125.
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Marlins at the plate: Jorge Cantu and Nolasco each had two-out RBI singles in the first two innings to give Florida a 2-1 lead. Hanley Ramirez went 1-for-3 with a run scored and drew a full-count walk, and catcher Brett Hayes doubled. Dan Uggla went 0-for-4 and left four runners on base and is now batting .175 this spring. Chris Coghlan, meanwhile, finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Orioles on the mound: Jeremy Guthrie was having a nightmarish spring, but his start on Tuesday was a vast improvement. The 30-year-old right-hander, who came in with a 9.28 ERA, limited the Marlins to two runs on six hits in five innings, while striking out four and walking two. Guthrie did have a bit of trouble with two outs -- when he gave up an RBI single and a four-pitch walk to Nolasco on back-to-back at-bats -- but he got out of his share of damage in his 91-pitch outing (56 of which were for strikes).
Marlins on the mound: Nolasco, who came in with a spring ERA of 3.00 in 12 innings, gave up just one run on six hits in six innings while striking out three and -- once again -- walking none. Nolasco has 19 strikeouts and no walks in 18 Grapefruit League innings this spring.
Worth noting: Marlins catcher John Baker, dealing with a stomach virus since Saturday night, was out of the starting lineup for the second successive game, but he checked in later as the designated hitter. Baker said he hopes to catch on Wednesday. The 29-year-old has played in only two spring games -- having missed time from March 3 until Saturday with a right forearm injury -- but said he should be ready for the regular season if he gets in games pretty soon. Only 11 spring contests remain after Tuesday. ... Orioles manager Dave Trembley said he expects to get a good gauge soon on how Reimold is doing in his recovery from his left Achilles surgery last September. Reimold served as the designated hitter on Tuesday and hit leadoff. On Wednesday, he'll play the outfield, along with Felix Pie and Lou Montanez. "We need to get him into a situation where he can play back-to-back," Trembley said.
Grapefruit League records: Orioles 8-12; Marlins 11-9.
Up next: The Orioles will stay put at Roger Dean Stadium for a 1:05 p.m. ET game on MLB.TV against the Cardinals on Wednesday. Starting for Baltimore will be young left-hander Brian Matusz, who's been impressive thus far. Matusz sports a 2.51 ERA in 14 1/3 innings this spring. Following him will be Jim Johnson, Will Ohman and Michael Gonzalez. Gonzalez, bothered by lower back tightness recently, tossed a scoreless seventh inning on Sunday and said he expects to be at 100 percent by Wednesday.
The Marlins will pack up for a two-day trip to Fort Myers, Fla., where they'll play the Twins and Red Sox on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Both games will start at 1:05 p.m. Starting for Florida on Wednesday will be a slimmed-down Anibal Sanchez, who lost weight this offseason and looks to be the No. 3 starter in the rotation (though nothing has been officially announced). Sanchez has given up seven earned runs in 13 1/3 spring innings (a 4.73 ERA), spanning four starts.
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.