Steve Johnson, as is his nature, isn’t going away quietly in the fight for the fifth spot in the rotation.
Johnson, who has earned a reputation as a never-give-up battler, threw four scoreless innings to lead the Orioles to a victory over the Minnesota Twins, 7-1, Sunday at Ed Smith Stadium.
Johnson gave up three hits, one walk and hit a batter, but always made the pitch to get out of trouble. He threw 67 pitches, 40 of them for strikes.
"I was behind a lot of hitters, but I battled back. The slider was really good, helping me get back in some counts,” said Johnson, who has allowed two earned runs in nine spring innings. “I wish I could have gotten ahead of a lot...