Millar shakes off horrible spring, wins game for Orioles

Mar 30, 2007 - 9:50 PM NORFOLK, Virginia (Ticker) -- Kevin Millar is glad there is not a lot of significance attributed to what is done, or in his case, not done in spring training.

Millar, who is batting just .093 (5-for-39), hit a two-run double in the eighth inning as the Baltimore Orioles held off the Washington Nationals, 6-5, in a Grapefruit League game.

The nine-year veteran may open the season as the Orioles full-time designated hitter if Jay Gibbons replaces injured Jay Payton (hamstring) in left field.

Corey Patterson hit his first home run of the spring - a solo shot- for Baltimore off rookie starter Matt Chico in the fifth.

Chico, the Nationals No. 5 starter, was roughed up for four runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.

National League Rookie of the Year runner-up Ryan Zimmerman had a pair of hits and Brian Schneider added two hits for Washington.

Jaret Wright, who is the Orioles' No.3 starter, was no better. He got knocked around for four runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings and walked six.






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