Written by Chris Slade
This was the O's starting lineup today against the Twins:
1) J.J. Hardy SS
2) Nick Markakis DH
3) Adam Jones CF
4) Chris Davis 1B
5) Nelson Cruz RF
6) Matt Wieters C
7) Ryan Flaherty 2B
8) Alex Gonzalez 3B
9) David Lough LF
Bud Norris made his Spring debut today. He pitched two scoreless innings with a hit and walk allowed, with a pair of K's.
Kevin Gausman took over and is already pumping out 95-96 MPH fastballs with ease according to Roch Kubatko. After retiring the first five, Goose had a couple hiccups, walking a batter, then allowing back-to-back singles to give the Twins a run.
Darren O'Day and Tommy Hunter followed with a pair of scoreless innings.
In the 7th, Alfredo Aceves retired the side in order for his first Spring outing.
Prospect Mike Wright (IP, 2 H, ER, K) allowed the Twins to tie the game 2-2 in the 8th.
Things unraveled in the 9th as Tim Alderson (4 H, 5 ER, BB, HR) and Nick Additon (IP, 3 H, 2 ER) made their best case to be sent to minor league camp this weekend (sorry, telling it like it is) with a combined 7 ER allowed.
Nick Markakis had a nice day at the plate going 2-for-3 with a double.
Chris Davis did what he does best, launching his first Spring HR in the 6th.
Top hitting prospect Jonathan Schoop continues to hit like a man on a mission, hitting his second pinch hit double in as many days in the 7th inning, finishing 2-for-2.
That's it. The O's play again tomorrow evening at 7 ET in Tampa versus the Yankees.
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