03/10/10 9:46 PM EST
Red-hot Scott, Jones pace Orioles
First baseman batting .500 in five Grapefruit League games
By Jenifer Langosch / MLB.com
at Bradenton, Fla.
Wednesday, March 10
Orioles at the plate: First baseman Luke Scott, who is hitting .500 this spring, drove in two of Baltimore's three first-inning runs with a two-out single. Scott reached base in two of his three plate appearances. Ty Wigginton went 1-for-2 with an RBI single. Outfielder Adam Jones connected for his second extra-base hit of the spring with a first-inning triple.Pirates at the plate: Third baseman Pedro Alvarez went 1-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored. Ramon Vazquez singled in each of his two at-bats and drove in his first run of the spring. Garrett Jones' first-inning double was the Pirates' only other extra-base hit of the night. Orioles on the mound: Brad Bergesen allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. Jason Berken tossed two scoreless innings and allowed just one baserunner. Luis Lebron and Mark Hendrickson each made scoreless relief appearances as well. Pirates on the mound: After getting two quick strikeouts to start the night, Zach Duke got knocked around a bit in the first. The lefty gave up four hits and walked two with two outs in the first, which gave the Orioles an early three-run lead. Duke did settle down, though, allowing just one baserunner in the rest of his 2 2/3-inning outing. Daniel McCutchen made a strong case for the fifth rotation spot with two perfect innings. He struck out two.
2010 Spring Training - Baltimore Orioles
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Right-hander Kevin Millwood will start the game for the Orioles and will be looking to bounce back from a rough Grapefruit League debut. Millwood recorded just two outs while allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk against Detroit on Saturday.
The competition for the fifth spot in the Pirates' rotation continues on Thursday as Kevin Hart takes the mound for a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Rays. Hart, who is battling McCutchen for that final spot in the rotation, dealt with some control issues his last time out.
Jeff Karstens and Jack Taschner -- both of whom are fighting for a spot in the bullpen -- are also expected to take the mound for Pittsburgh.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.