On a stormy night when Billy Martin's stroll through the stands drew bigger cheers than Dave Winfield's two home runs, the Baltimore Orioles again were sliced and diced by the New York Yankees.
Winfield hit his homers off Orioles starter Mike Flanagan, and Dale Berra added a two-run shot as the Yankees won, 5-3, before a rowdy crowd of 6,741 at Fort Lauderdale Stadium.
In dropping to 1-5, the Orioles continued to do a couple of things right and a dozen wrong. The progress this night was Flanagan's, and then again it wasn't.
He became the first Orioles pitcher to finish five innings, but he should have stopped one sooner. He had a one-hitter after four innings, the hit Winfield's first-inning homer.
In the fifth, though, Berra hit a two-run shot and, three batters later, Winfield hit a two-run homer.
"It was a good game except for this, except for that," Flanagan said. "My change-up wasn't too swell, but I had two good pitches fast ball and curve ball , which is all you can ask for.
"On the Berra homer, I tried to get too cute. I threw him a change-up hoping to get a groundout to shortstop. I should have thrown a fast ball and forgotten it. That's what was working.
"Then when Winfield came back up, I just got mad and tried to throw a fast ball by him. I'd had a one-hitter, and now it doesn't look too good."
Flanagan said he wasn't tired in the fifth, "but I lost my train of thought. It's not a copout, but sometimes when you know it's your last inning . . . I'm one that doesn't like to be told, 'Give us one more.' "
Flanagan has allowed eight hits and five runs in eight innings this spring. When he was finished, the Orioles got two shutout innings from Nate Snell and one from Don Aase.
Manager Earl Weaver gave a start to rookie outfielder Ken Gerhart, who entered the game having gone seven for nine in A and B games (three for five with two homers in A games).
Gerhart was zero for three tonight, flying out, popping up and grounding out.
He was so stunned by getting a start that when he saw his name on Weaver's lineup card, he asked: "Is this lineup for real?"
Weaver thought that was funny, but not much of what happened after that.
"We'll benefit by Flanagan going five innings," he said. "We're pushing the pitchers. It's like getting them to lift one more weight. We're building strong arms. And by losing, we're also building my character."
X-rays on outfielder Mike Young's sore right palm and wrist were negative, and he is expected to take batting practice Saturday . . . Third baseman Wayne Gross met with General Manager Hank Peters Thursday and was told what he expected to hear -- that the Orioles will trade Gross if possible. If not, he'll probably be released and be paid his $450,000 salary . . .
Heavy thunderstorms swept through South Florida this afternoon, and the field at Fort Lauderdale Stadium was so wet two helicopters were brought in to help dry it. Sight of the night was Yankees owner George Steinbrenner motioning the helicopters into position with a rake, then helping rake the wet field . . .
The Orioles split their squads tonight, with half the team staying in Miami to play Atlanta and the other half busing to Fort Myers to play the Kansas City Royals. Coach Cal Ripken Sr. will manage the game against the Royals, and he'll have one son at shortstop (Cal Jr.) and another as a late-inning replacement at second base (Billy Ripken) . . . Outfielder Lee Lacy suffered a pulled hamstring tonight, and first baseman Eddie Murray re-injured his sore left ankle.