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.