The Orioles are finishing up their final week of exhibition baseball on a strong note. They played a split squad schedule, as they played two games – one against the Red Sox in Sarasota, the other against the Blue Jays on the road.
Against Boston, they got a 4-3 win thanks to a three-run, eighth inning as Matt Wieters had a two-run single, followed up by a Ryan Adams RBI-single. Nick Markakis drove in a run in the third inning with a single.
Chris Tillman continued his bid for a starting spot in the rotation as he had an up-and-down outing, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs. He walked four and allowed six hits against a Red Sox team with most of their regular starters.
Opening Day starter for the Orioles, Jeremy Guthrie had a tough day on the mound against the Blue Jays on the road. Toronto would win the game 9-5 as Guthrie allowed twelve hits in five innings and gave up four runs.
Pat Egan, who came into the game to relieve Guthrie took the loss as he gave up three runs in an inning of work.
Felix Pie had a 2-for-4 day and drove in a run. Robert Andino also had two hits; meanwhile, Nick Green homered and drove in two.
The Jays teed off on Oriole pitching as Rajai David was perfect at the plate, going 5-for-5; Aaron Hill has three hits and Yunel Escobar homered – a two-run shot – plus drove in five.
Well, the silly Buck Showalter comments continue to reverberate with the teams north of Baltimore on the I-95 corridor. Of course, we’re talking about the Yankees and Red Sox.