Pitcher wears helmet for protection

VIERA, Fla. -- Rob Ramsay made his first exhibition
appearance for the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday, two years after
having a cancerous tumor removed from the front of his brain.

Ramsay, pitching against major league hitters for the first time
since appearing in two games in spring training last year for San
Diego, allowed one run on two hits in one inning in Baltimore's 3-2
loss to Montreal

"I feel good. I'm pleased to be out there. I feel like I did a
pretty good job," said Ramsay, who wore a helmet for extra
protection. "They got hits on pitches I could have thrown a little
bit better, but that's how it is on this level."

The Orioles took it slow with Ramsay earlier this spring,
cautiously waiting until several weeks after the beginning of camp
before allowing him to practice with the team.

"I don't have the same stuff I had before, but on the same
token, I feel as though I'm a better pitcher," Ramsay said. "I've
had a lot of support from my family, my friends, my church and my
baseball family."

Montreal starter Tomo Ohka allowed one run on four hits in six
innings, and Luis Lopez singled in the winning run for the Expos.

"Ohka continues to perform outstanding," Expos manager Frank
Robinson said. "He's getting better each time out. Today was a
very, very good start. That's the way you like to see pitchers
progress through spring training. He's headed in the right

Ohka is 2-1 this spring.

Baltimore starter Kurt Ainsworth (0-2) pitched five innings,
allowing two runs on eight hits.

The Expos opened the scoring in the first when Peter Bergeron
led off with a double and Joe Vitiello singled him home. Montreal
added a run in the fifth on Bergeron' single and Jose Vidro's
double. Lopez had an RBI single in the sixth

Bergeron, vying for an outfield position, was 3-for-3. He's
batting .444 (20-for-45) this spring.