Orioles 5, Blue Jays 4

Spring training results aren’t terribly important to Mark
Buehrle. After allowing four straight hits to the Baltimore Orioles
in his second inning Sunday, the new Toronto Blue Jays left-hander
said he wasn’t disappointed. In fact, everything went according to
plan.

Buehrle, acquired in a blockbuster trade with Miami, retired his
first four hitters before allowing a single to Lew Ford, a two-run
homer by Steve Pearce and singles to Danny Valencia and Taylor
Teagarden.

After 1 1-3 innings and 35 pitches, Buehrle was yanked. The
Orioles went on to beat a split squad of Blue Jays 5-4.

”It seems I never pitch too good in spring training. My numbers
aren’t too good. I don’t care if it’s spring training or during the
season, I try to get outs. I don’t like to kid around, even though
it doesn’t matter,” Buehrle said.

Buehrle was obtained by the Blue Jays, along with Josh Johnson
and Jose Reyes, after one season with the Marlins. Now he’s back in
the American League, where he spent 12 seasons with the Chicago
White Sox.

Two of Buehrle’s outs came on fly balls. One was a strikeout and
the other was a grounder, which he prefers.

”When I’m going good, I’m getting a lot of ground balls,”
Buehrle said. ”If they find holes, that’s part of the game, but
fly balls aren’t good. When I’m getting flyouts, that means I’m not
down in the zone as much as I’d like. Got some pitches, got some
work in, so it’s obviously a good day.”

Reyes played in his first game for his new team, going 1 for 2,
and slugger Jose Bautista hit a long two-run homer off Troy Patton
in the third inning.

Sergio Santos, whose 2012 season ended in April after right
shoulder surgery, pitched the third inning and retired all three
batters. He said he felt strong.

Jair Jurrjens started for Baltimore. An All-Star with Atlanta in
2011, Jurrjens allowed a run on two hits in two innings. One of
many contenders for the fifth spot in the rotation, Jurrjens was
signed to a minor league deal on Feb. 15.

”He was sloppy with his breaking ball, which happens to
everybody early on,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. ”He was
facing a pretty good lineup. We’ll see where it takes us. He’ll
tighten some things up.”

Jurrjens retired the first four Toronto hitters before J.P.
Arencibia singled, Colby Rasmus walked and Mark DeRosa hit an RBI
single.

”My situation’s a little bit different this time,” Jurrjens
said. ”When you have a job, you just come in and try to get in
shape. Now, when you’re competing for a job, you need to try to get
in shape as quick as possible. Losing my timing in spring training
is usually something that happens to me all the time. The more and
more I get on the mound, the more comfortable I get and I think the
more I start feeling where I need to release the ball. I can feel
my timing coming back.”

Kevin Gausman, Baltimore’s No. 1 draft pick last year and the
fourth selection overall, made his Orioles debut, allowing a run
and a hit in 1 2-3 innings.

NOTES: Toronto was managed by bench coach DeMarlo Hale, who
spent last season as Baltimore’s third base coach. Blue Jays
manager John Gibbons was in Tampa for Toronto’s other split-squad
game against the New York Yankees. … Baltimore OF Nolan Reimold
went 0 for 3 in his first game since April 30. He had neck surgery
last June.