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Starter Lopez, Orioles go to arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Starting pitcher Rodrigo Lopez had his salary arbitration hearing Tuesday with the Baltimore Orioles, asking for $4.5 million while the team argued for $3.75 million.

Lopez was 15-12 with a 4.90 ERA in 35 starts last year, allowing 28 homers in 209 1/3 innings. He made $2,575,000.

His case was heard by arbitrators Margaret Brogan, Elizabeth Neumeier and Elliott Shriftman.

Management is 2-1 thus far, beating Washington second baseman-outfielder Alfonso Soriano and Colorado pitcher Sunny Kim and losing to Kansas City outfielder Emil Brown. The Twins and pitcher Kyle Lohse were awaiting a decision following their hearing Monday.

Four more players are scheduled for hearings.