SARASOTA, Fla. – The
The Orioles sent starter
It's typical stuff for mid-March, but the gamesmanship handed lefty
Britton, who is fighting for the fifth starter spot, lasted 3 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and walking two, with both walks coming in his final frame.
“I feel good. Slowed at the finish line a little bit, hadn’t gone more than two, so the adrenaline’s pumping a little bit,” said Britton, who has allowed two earned runs in 8 2/3
Hitting up to 93 mph with his fastball, Britton's sinker was particularly strong, with six outs coming via ground balls.
"I think when I overthrow it, I bounce it a lot and today I tried to stay easy with it, and let the action do the work and I got some good swings on it," Britton said. "You can tell when they're hitting in the ground whether it's doing its thing or not."
The fact it was the Red Sox 'B' lineup didn't bother Britton.
“I don’t think it matters. You can’t control who they bring or who they don’t bring,” he said. “It’s
The Red Sox scored first Friday when outfield prospect Bryce Brentz had a solo homer against reliever
Boston broke the tie in the 10th against Orioles farmhand Clayton Schrader, who allowed two runs. Juan Carlos Linares had a solo homer for the Red Sox and they scored another when first baseman
With that, the Orioles are now 11-5-2 in Grapefruit League action this spring.
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