SARASOTA, Fla. – In what has been a spring of watching the
It was the first spring homer for Markakis, who is coming back from January abdomen surgery. It was just this fifth game this spring, and his second in the outfield.
“There were some guys kind of semi-rolling their eyes with the wind and he said, ‘That would have been a double in Boston. Come on, I am working on my Fenway Stroke,’” Orioles manager
Markakis wasn’t the only star outfielder to go deep for the Orioles. Center fielder
He allowed three hits, two walks and two earned runs while striking out four in his shortest stint since his first spring game on March 8.
Facing a Red Sox lineup that featured just one regular,
"It was frustrating. I was making pretty good pitches," Hammel said. "A lot of foul balls, extended innings, the heat. You can make all the excuses in the world but I am pretty pleased with the work today no matter what the line would be."
Hammel threw roughly 30 more pitches in the bullpen after his outing to increase his pitch count without the stress of another inning against live hitters.
"[We did it] because of that load in that one inning, he had close to 40 pitches in [the second]," Showalter said. "Obviously, it would be a little more controlled environment down in the bullpen."