FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Gonzalez and Toby Hall hit
consecutive homers off Sidney Ponson in the third inning to lead
the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 12-0 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on
Ponson, making his third spring start, allowed 11 hits and seven
runs in four innings.
"I left the ball up in the zone a lot today," Ponson said.
"It happens. As long as it happens in spring training and not on
"I mentioned early in the spring that I've seen improvement
with our pitchers," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said. "Well,
it's now, and when the season starts, we have to follow through."
Luis Ordaz also homered for Tampa Bay.
^Notes:@ Orioles OF Larry Bigbie was scratched with a neck strain.
... Baltimore OF Midre Cummings broke his right ring finger when he
ran into the left-field wall.