- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (AP) - Oliver Perez pitched three scoreless innings to lead the New York Mets to a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.

Perez walked two and allowed one hit in his first start since his shaky performance with Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. The left-hander went 0-1 with a 9.45 ERA in two WBC appearances.

Daniel Murphy drove in two runs for New York.

Right-hander Danys Baez, bidding for one of three open spots in the Orioles’ rotation, allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 2-3 innings, matching the longest outing by a Baltimore starter this spring.

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