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Atlanta at Baltimore

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    Baltimore «0010010002--

    Orioles 2, Braves 1

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    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have started off their exhibition season horribly, and manager Fredi Gonzalez isn't liking it.

    On Thursday, even Mike Minor's three scoreless innings didn't help the mood of the second-year Atlanta manager who's trying to live down last September's collapse that cost the Braves a playoff spot.

    Atlanta lost to the Baltimore Orioles 2-1, and have dropped five of six games.

    In their losses, the Braves have scored seven runs. In the only win, Atlanta scored 10. The Braves are batting .216 this spring.

    "You want to win ballgames because it's a mindset you want to take to the season," Gonzalez said.

    "It's still early when you've played seven, eight, nine, 10 games, but the number one thing now is being healthy - but you want to win ballgames. Any competitor who says different is probably lying to you."

    Minor, who was 5-3 with a 4.14 ERA in 15 starts for the Braves last season, allowed three hits and walked two in five scoreless innings this spring.

    The left-hander worked with backup catcher David Ross, and the two worked on their strategy before the game.

    "He wants to mix it up a little bit - get in game mode instead of just throwing fastballs and trying to find the strike zone. This time, we threw a lot of change ups and breaking balls," Minor said.

    Against Detroit on Saturday, Minor allowed a hit and walked one in two innings.

    Jason Hammel, who was acquired by Baltimore last month, allowed two hits and walked one in two innings. Hammel was sent to the Orioles by Colorado along with Matt Lindstrom for Jeremy Guthrie.

    In his initial start for Baltimore, Hammel was admittedly nervous.

    "For the first time out, considering all things, the results were good. I started with the fastball. It was a little erratic today. That was my goal - to work on fastball command. The first inning results were good," Hammel said.

    "First inning good, second inning a little shaky. I guess a B, C, C plus for the effort."

    The Orioles are 3-2, and for the second straight day, played crisply.

    "I like what they've shown pitching-wise. They're off to a good start," manager Buck Showalter said.

    The game was scoreless through six innings.

    Eric Hinske's leadoff home run in the seventh gave Atlanta a 1-0 lead.

    Jai Miller had an RBI single in the seventh inning to tied it 1-all, and Xavier Avery's eighth-inning sacrifice fly gave Baltimore the lead.

    Notes: Gonzalez said that RHP Tommy Hanson, who suffered a concussion in an auto accident on Feb. 20, will pitch on Sunday against Toronto. ... Showalter said that OF Nick Markakis, who hasn't played because of offseason surgery on his abdomen will be the designated hitter on March 14. ... Minor league catcher Mike Ohlman, who had an MRI on his injured right shoulder on Wednesday, won't play for the remainder of spring training, Showalter said. Ohlman was involved in an accident with his truck on Tuesday, and will see the team orthopedist Friday. ... Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, denied a report that the team was interested in free agent outfielder Johnny Damon. "I don't think so," Duquette said. "I already signed Johnny Damon when he was 28." Duquette signed Damon as a free agent in the fall of Dec. 2001, shortly before he was fired as Boston's GM.

     
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    Atlanta Braves
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Luis Durango, CF2010200 .571
    Martin Prado, 2B3000011 .214
        Brandon Hicks, 2B1000013 .000
    Freddie Freeman, 1B3000000 .143
        Ernesto Mejia, 1B1000001 .125
    Eric Hinske, LF3111000 .222
        Stefan Gartrell, RF1000000 .200
    David Ross, C3010010 .143
        Jose Yepez, C1000010 .000
    Jason Heyward, RF3010010 .143
        Jose Constanza, LF1000000 .143
    Joe Terdoslavich, 3B3000011 .400
    Evan Gattis, DH2010110 .333
        Todd Cunningham, PR-DH0000000 .000
    Tyler Pastornicky, SS3010001 .133
    Totals3016137  
    Batting
    HR - Eric Hinske (1, Phillips)
    RBI - Eric Hinske (1)
    CS - Luis Durango (1, 2nd base by Hammel/Wieters)
    Team LOB - 5
    Fielding
    DP - Prado-Pastornicky-Freeman, Pastornicky-Prado-Freeman
    Atlanta Braves
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Mike Minor 3300200 0.00
    Yohan Flande 2000110 0.00
    Jaye Chapman 2111110 6.00
    J.J. Hoover (L,0-1) 1211200 3.38
    Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 18-10, Yohan Flande 12-8, Jaye Chapman 14-9, J.J. Hoover 13-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 2-5, Yohan Flande 4-1, Jaye Chapman 2-3, J.J. Hoover 1-2
    Batters Faced - Mike Minor 12, Yohan Flande 7, Jaye Chapman 8, J.J. Hoover 7
    Baltimore Orioles
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Nolan Reimold, LF3000002 .125
        Caleb Joseph, C11100001.000
    J.J. Hardy, SS2000110 .286
        Manny Machado, SS1010000 .333
    Adam Jones, CF2000101 .250
        Xavier Avery, CF0001000 .375
    Matt Wieters, C2000001 .143
        Matt Antonelli, 2B1000100 .400
    Mark Reynolds, 3B2010100 .286
        Joe Mahoney, PR-1B1100002 .182
    Wilson Betemit, 1B3000002 .100
        Steve Tolleson, 3B0000100 .200
    Jai Miller, RF3021010 .429
        Scott Beerer, PR-RF1000003 .400
    Ryan Adams, DH2000102 .143
    Robert Andino, 2B2010000 .286
        L.J. Hoes, LF1000001 .000
    Totals2726262  
    Batting
    2B - Caleb Joseph (1, Hoover), Jai Miller (2, Minor)
    SF - Xavier Avery (1)
    RBI - Xavier Avery (3), Jai Miller (4)
    SB - Joe Mahoney (1, 2nd base off Chapman/Yepez)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    DP - Andino-Hardy-Betemit, Tolleson-Antonelli-Mahoney
    Baltimore Orioles
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Jason Hammel 2200110 0.00
    Kevin Gregg 1000110 9.00
    Darren O'Day 1000010 0.00
    Pedro Strop 1000110 4.50
    Zach Phillips 2111011 2.25
    Miguel Socolovich (W,1-0) 1300010 0.00
    Troy Patton (S,1) 1000010 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Jason Hammel 13-8, Kevin Gregg 9-5, Darren O'Day 5-5, Pedro Strop 9-5, Zach Phillips 10-10, Miguel Socolovich 7-7, Troy Patton 5-5
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Hammel 2-1, Kevin Gregg 2-0, Darren O'Day 1-1, Pedro Strop 1-1, Zach Phillips 4-1, Miguel Socolovich 1-0, Troy Patton 2-0
    Batters Faced - Jason Hammel 7, Kevin Gregg 4, Darren O'Day 3, Pedro Strop 4, Zach Phillips 7, Miguel Socolovich 5, Troy Patton 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5938
    Game Time - 2:30
    Temperature - 83
    Umpires - Home - Quinn Wolcott, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Chad Fairchild