Wieters, Jones power O's to 6-3 win over Yankees

Matt Wieters


Adam Jones

, arguably the


’ best two players, started this month exceptionally slow.

Their bats woke up nearly simultaneously in the first inning Sunday night with their first homers of the spring as the Orioles beat the

New York Yankees

, 6-3.

Jones, who entered the evening 5-for-22, hit a towering, three-run homer off the batter’s eye in center field against Yankee right-hander

Ivan Nova

. It was his first

Grapefruit League

extra base hit.

Two batters later, Wieters picked up just his third hit in 21 at-bats with his first spring homer, a solo shot against Nova, a 16-game winner in 2011. Wieters also threw out two base-stealers and picked off a third runner.

“We’re getting close to that time where you’ll start seeing guys with a little different look in their eyes,” Orioles manager

Buck Showalter


Orioles right-hander

Alfredo Simon

, pitching in his first game since March 10, lasted just two innings due the re-aggravation of a groin strain. He said he hopes it will be a minor setback.

“I'm going to be ready as soon as I can,” said Simon, who has pitched just seven innings this spring. “I don't think it's that bad. It's not going to take me that long to get ready. I'll see what happens.”

Reliever Luis Ayala threw one perfect inning in his first outing since March 11.

The best pitching performance of the night came from Mike Wright, the Orioles’ third-round pick last year out of East Carolina. He allowed two hits and struck out four in 2 1/3 innings while throwing a low-90s sinker and a darting slider.

Endy Chavez


Robert Andino

each had RBI singles for the Orioles.