Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Jimmy Paredes, Chris Davis pace Orioles in 16-4 rout of Phillies; Brandon Morrow gets Win with 4 Scoreless for Padres

Players of the Day for Monday, March 16, 2015

Grapefruit League

Jimmy Paredes
Chris Davis
Manny Machado missed the latter half of the 2014 season, but he's rehabbed and ready for the 2015 campaign.

Should the Orioles' third-baseman take a day off, as he did Monday in the O's 16-4 rout of the Phillies, Jimmy Paredes appears eager and ready to fill in.

In three at-bats, Paredes doubled, homered and delivered a sac fly, scored three times and drove in five runs at the Phillies' home in Clearwater, Florida.

The Orioles banged out five home runs and 21 hits in all. Adding to the barrage was Chris Davis, who had his fill, going 3-for-4 with a single, double, home run (his second) and four RBI.

After three years with the Astros and splitting last season between the Royals and O's, Paredes will likely be riding the bench or playing in the minors.

The win was just the fourth for the slugging Orioles. They have dropped 11. The loss dropped the Philles back to an 8-6 mark.

Cactus League

Brandon Morrow
Just when the Cubs were getting it rolling, with four straight wins, along comes Brandon Morrow to spoil the party with four shutout inning in the Padres' 7-0 whitewash over visiting Chicago.

In his third appearance of the Spring and second start, Morrow was sharp for his new team, allowing just three hits without issuing a walk, striking out two. Morrow threw 48 pitches, 36 of which were strikes.

Traded to the Padres from Toronto after last season, Morrow should fit right into the starting rotation. A major leaguer since 2007, Morrow, who spent his first three seasons with the Mariners, moves from the AL to the NL, a decision made by more than just a few hurlers who can relish the thought of a soft spot in opposing lineups, having dealt with the DH for their entire career.

Morrow will enter the 2015 season with a 42-43 lifetime mark and a 4.28 ERA.

Jon Lester was on the mound as starter for the Cubs and was treated rudely, allowing six runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

The Padres are 7-6 in Spring games. The Cubs retreated to 5-9.

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