- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (AP) - Adam Eaton let the first three batters he faced reach base in his debut with the Baltimore Orioles.

How he handled the last seven is what impressed his new team.

Signed March 1 after his release from the Philadelphia Phillies, Eaton allowed two runs in three innings of the Orioles’ 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

Eaton retired seven in a row before heading to the bullpen to do more throwing.

Eager to become part of the Orioles’ starting rotation, Eaton made a poor first impression. He fell behind 1-0 after throwing only five pitches: Skip Schumaker and Joe Thurston singled, and Albert Pujols ripped a double into the left field corner.

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