"It was definitely tough. You get a friendship with those guys," he said. "All three of us being infielders and being new to the organization, we bonded with each other, so it was tough to see them go. But at the same time, it's part of the business side of it."

Orioles escape being no-hit

The Orioles dropped a 5-0 contest to the Twins at home Tuesday, but they escaped the indignity of a spring training no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning.

Robert Andino smacked a double off the center-field wall against Minnesota's Glen Perkins for the Orioles' first hit. Andino was thrown out attempting to turn it into a triple. That was all the offense the Orioles could muster against five pitchers, including starter Anthony Swarzak.

The Twins jumped out to a big lead against Wada, who gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in three innings. He threw 62 pitches, only 38 for strikes, and walked two of the first three batters he faced in a three-run second before allowing Jamey Carroll's two-run double.

"That inning wasn't good, I feel really bad for the position players about it. I said sorry about it," Wada said through an interpreter.

Wada settled down and pitched a scoreless third but was still disappointed in his first exhibition start.

"I liked the atmosphere. I was really looking forward to pitching today," said Wada, who was limited in camp by a balky elbow. "That's why I feel sorry for the crowd that came here to watch me."

Arrieta waiting on news, too

When the Orioles pushed back Jake Arrieta's final exhibition start from Friday to Saturday, the assumption could easily be made that the team is lining him up to start Opening Day on April 6. He would be pitching on six days' rest for his exhibition finale, then five days' rest — one more than usual — if he were to start the opener against the Twins.

"I don't really know what they are going to do for sure yet. I'm not sure if I will throw two bullpens that week leading up to the first couple games," said Arrieta, who had a bullpen session Tuesday. "I would assume I'll hear more in the next few days, just like a lot of the other guys will."

Around the horn

Lefty Wei-Yin Chen allowed four runs, six hits and two walks in a minor league game against the Twins' Triple-A club at Twin Lakes Park. He faced 26 batters and struck out five. … Righty Chris Tillman allowed three hits, one run and one walk in three innings against the Twins' big leaguers. … Third baseman Mark Reynolds banged his knee against the wall in foul territory while chasing a pop-up in the sixth inning. He said the pain initially felt like a charley horse, but after the game, he said he was fine. ... Righty Alfredo Simon (groin) is expected to throw at least two innings in Wednesday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin. He has not pitched since March 18. … Lefty Dana Eveland will start Wednesday's game. It will be his first start since March 11. … Outfielder Jai Miller, who has been sidelined with knee tendinitis, is expected to play Wednesday. … Outfielder Endy Chavez (groin) is improving and could play Thursday in Tampa against the New York Yankees. … Although Andino could be an option at times, Showalter said his likely leadoff hitter as the regular season begins will be the club's starting left fielder, either Nolan Reimold or Chavez, depending on the day.

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