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Marlins fall 6-5 to Orioles in spring-training opener


By The Associated Press



FORT LAUDERDALE - Miguel Tejada homered off World Series MVP Josh Beckett, and the defending champion Florida Marlins wasted two home runs by Ramon Castro in a 6-5 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday.


''I'm really happy to hit that home run, and really happy to see my team play good baseball,'' said Tejada, signed as a free agent in December.


Orioles second baseman Jerry Hairston fractured the ring finger on his right hand while stealing third base in the first inning. After seeing a hand specialist, he said the injury will sideline him for at least a month.


''I'm just hoping it stays in place and I don't need surgery,'' he said.


Backup second baseman Mike Fontenot hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to provide the Orioles a victory in Lee Mazzilli's informal debut as a major league manager.


Beckett allowed two runs and five hits in 2 2-3 innings. He struck out four and walked one.


Mazzilli was first-base coach with the New York Yankees last fall when Beckett capped Florida's second World Series title with a shutout in Game 6.


''At the end of the season I went to bed with Beckett on my mind. I wake up in spring training and here he is pitching again,'' Mazzilli said before the game. ``I can't get away from him, I guess.''


Two of the new Orioles made an immediate impact. Rafael Palmeiro singled in a run and Tejada hit a solo homer in the third off Beckett. Javy Lopez went 1-for-2.


Castro hit a two-run homer in the second inning and a solo shot in the sixth. He is expected to help fill the void left by departed free agent Ivan Rodriguez.


''You're going to miss him, but he's not here so we have to move on,'' Marlins manager Jack McKeon said of Rodriguez before the game.


The Orioles took a 1-0 lead in the first when Hairston singled, stole two bases and scored on a two-out single by Palmeiro.


Florida then scored three runs in the second against Sidney Ponson, who is slated to start for Baltimore on opening day. Former Oriole Jeff Conine drew a leadoff walk and Castro homered to make it 2-1.


Florida added a third run when Tejada misplayed a grounder to short and Damion Easley chased Ponson with an RBI single.

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well this blows. at least it wasnt a blowout game, and ST games in my book normally dont mean much. I dont think the fish were playing hard anyways, and they shouldnt. its ST. thats all it is. Training for thr real deal. Once the real season comes around....uh i hope they do well





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