The Baltimore Orioles lost another exhibition game to the Philadephia Phillies, 2-1, last night in Memorial Stadium, but All-Star Eddie Murray hit another home run.

Murray, who also homered in the Orioles' Thursday night loss in Philadelphia, sent a 2-2 pitch from Nino Espinosa about 400 feet into the right field bleachers in the fourth inning of this seven-inning exhibition.

"I guess I'm ready," responded Murray with a grin when asked how difficult it was to get in shape after the seven-week strike layoff.

The 23,430 fans 00 15,000 paid -- punctuated their cheering with booing when the Orioles took the field. Much of it was reserved for third baseman Doug DeCinces, the American League player representative, who apparently embodied the 50-day players' strike for many fans.

But a mixed fan reaction was expected by the players.

But a mixed fan reaction was expected by the players.

"I think that's why they have me pitching first," and Jim Palmer before the game. "I'm used to being booed."

Before, during and after the game, much talk centered around the split season -- and what effect it will have on fans and player performance. Most players said they were resigned to the split season for '81 but would balk if it were adopted next season.

"Tradition is strong in baseball. I think the format they had before was just fine," said Ken Singleton, who said he was satisfied with the split season for the remainder of this year only.

"It's something we have to live with," agreed Palmer. "Purists aren't going to like it."

Oriole Manager Earl Weaver denied rumors that he was a strong supporter of the split season, saying he favored Texas Ranger General Manager Eddie Robinson's proposal that would have ended the season with playoffs between the teams with the best overall percentage and the winner of the second half of the season.

"The split season was adopted in a hurry, if you ask me," said Weaver. "I think they (the owners) just didn't want to have to go back to the players with anything.

"There's good points and there's bad points to it. All we have to do is go out and beat everybody else the second half -- that's what we should have done the first half."

Will the split season turn the first-place Yankees into lazy ballplayers?

"I don't know", said Weaver, "I know this: if we had won right now I'd say don't go running into no walls, don't slide into second. If a pitcher feels a twinge of pain, don't start him. They have to go into this healthy."

Many of the fans said they agreed that the split season was necessary for this season but repugnant in the long run.

"I don't like it (split season) and I wouldn't like it even if the Orioles were in first place," said Charles Woolston, the assistant dean of arts and sciences at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County campus. "It's outrageous, there's no incentive for the teams in first place to play well."

But many fans said they didn't care if the game had gone to split season -- or any kind of season -- as long as they could see some baseball.