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Orioles: Roberts trade to Cubs unlikely

March 27, 2008

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While the Baltimore Orioles say they plan to keep Brian Roberts around, the Los Angeles Angels aren't sure if Kelvim Escobar will be back at all this season.

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said Wednesday he's not close to completing a deal that would send Roberts to the Chicago Cubs, and the two-time All-Star likely will begin the season as Baltimore's second baseman.

Escobar, an 18-game winner for the Angels last season, told reporters he has a tear in his pitching shoulder and might need surgery. The team hadn't confirmed that diagnosis by the end of Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Marlins 7, Mets 5

At Port St. Lucie, Fla., Pedro Martinez threw 80 pitches over six innings against minor leaguers and pronounced himself healthy heading into the season.

Phillies 4, Yankees 0

At Clearwater, Fla., Brett Myers looked great in his final tuneup for opening day, allowing two hits in five innings for Philadelphia. Chien-Ming Wang, New York's opening-day starter, was tagged for four runs and six hits in five innings.

Pirates 7, Tigers 4

At Bradenton, Fla., Dontrelle Willis had another bad outing for Detroit, allowing seven runs - six earned - and eight hits while walking four in three innings.

Indians 7, Astros 6

At Kissimmee, Fla., a day after manager Cecil Cooper criticized his team for bad throws, Houston made three errors.

Twins 4, Rays 2

At Fort Myers, Fla., Minnesota's Livan Hernandez warmed up for opening day with a strong start. He struck out five and pitched six innings of one-run ball.

Braves 10, Nationals 2

At Kissimmee, Fla., Jeff Bennett pitched four sharp innings for Atlanta, extending his scoreless streak to 11 this spring. Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer and a double.

Cardinals 8, Orioles 2

At Jupiter, Fla., St. Louis opening-day starter Adam Wainwright allowed one run in six innings. Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie worked four shutout innings before struggling in the fifth.

Brewers 12, White Sox 10

At Tucson, Ariz., Jim Thome hit two of Chicago's four home runs off an ineffective Ben Sheets.

Diamondbacks 11, Rockies 8

At Tucson, opening-day starter Jeff Francis pitched five solid innings for Colorado.

Cubs 7, Angels 5

At Tempe, Jered Weaver held Chicago to one run in six innings and lowered his spring ERA to 1.67.

Rangers 12, Padres 7

At Peoria, Ariz., Jake Peavy allowed four runs in three innings.

Blue Jays 6, Reds 3

At Dunedin, Fla., Jesse Litsch pitched seven strong innings, and Frank Thomas hit his first homer of the spring.

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