The game may not matter in the standings, but the first game of Spring Training is still exciting for players and fans alike. The Baltimore Orioles hosted the Minnesota Twins yesterday at Ed Smith Stadium and prevailed with a 5-3 victory.
Several pitchers who are battling for the fifth spot in the rotation or a bullpen spot with the big league club pitched yesterday, and the most impressive of the bunch was Jake Arrieta and Steve Johnson who only allowed one base runner in each of their innings pitched.
Zach Clark pitched a scoreless eighth inning and picked up the victory, while Adam Russell picked up the save throwing a scoreless ninth.
Brian Roberts went 0-2 at the plate in his first game action since missing most of the season last year with an injury, but had to leave the complex early to attend a friend's wedding. Four different Orioles picked up an RBI or more yesterday in JJ Hardy, Jonathan Schoop, Nate McLouth, and Trayvon Robinson who hit the tie-breaking two-run home run in the eight inning to put the Orioles on top for good. Chris Davis had the most impressive day of all the Baltimore hitters as he went 2-2 with two singles, and made three spectacular plays defensively at first base.
The Orioles hit the road for the first time this spring today to play the Toronto Blue Jays and will send the much scrutinized Jair Jurrjens to the bump with the start, and the much anticipated Orioles Spring Training debut of Kevin Gausman will take place today.
Here are today's lineups:
Today's Orioles lineup is obviously the "back-up" lineup, but there are a couple guys to watch for during today's game, and the biggest is Nolan Reimold. This will be his first game action since last April when he eventually would miss the remainder of the season with a neck injury, so it will be interesting to see how he looks.
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