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Baltimore Orioles Win Spring Training Opener 5-3 Over Minnesota Twins; Play Toronto Blue Jays Today

February 24th, 2013 at 9:28 AM
By Josh Michael

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.

'Steve Johnson' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license:

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.

'Chris Davis' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license:

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:


Reyes SS
Izturis 2B

Bautista RF
Encarnacion 1B
Lind DH
Arencibia C
Rasmus CF
DeRosa 3B
Davis LF

Buehrle LHP


Casilla 2B

Reimold LF

Betemit 3B

Jackson DH

Ford CF

Pearce RF

Valencia 1B

Teagarden C

Flaherty SS


Jurrjens RHP

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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Tags: Baltimore, Baltimore Orioles, Baseball, Chris Davis, Jair Jurrjens, JJ Hardy, Jonathan Schoop, MLB, Trayvon Robinson

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