Ponson was scratched from his outing because of visa problems
related to his pending court case in Aruba. He cannot pitch in a
game in which admission is charged because he does not have a work
Informed during morning drills that he would replace Ponson as
the Baltimore starter, Baldwin mowed down the Marlins without
allowing a runner past second base. He walked one and struck out
Baldwin pitched in only two games in the majors last year while
compiling a 15.00 ERA with the New York Mets. He hopes to buck long
odds by breaking into Baltimore's starting rotation with a minor
The right-hander has yet to allow an earned run in six innings
"It's still early," he said. "All I'm here for is to just go
out there, get my innings in and make it a tough decision for
The Orioles received a scare when Florida's Alex Gonzalez hit a
line drive off the left arm of Matt Riley, who slumped to the
ground after instinctively throwing the ball to first. Fortunately,
the left-hander escaped with nothing more than a bruise.
Sammy Sosa went 0-for-1 with a walk for the Orioles.
Baltimore took a 2-0 lead against Marlins starter Al Leiter in
the third. Enrique Wilson hit a leadoff double and Chris Gomez
walked before both runners moved up on a two-strike bunt by David
Newhan. Wilson scored on a sacrifice fly by Larry Bigbie and Gomez
came in on a wild pitch.
Leiter allowed two runs and two hits in three innings. He walked
two and struck out two.
Midre Cummings and Sal Fasano hit successive homers in the
eighth off Florida's Todd Jones to complete the scoring.
Orioles starters have not allowed a run in their last 13
innings. ... Florida has lost two of three to Baltimore this spring
and fell to 1-5 overall.