Brandon Boggs

Steve Johnson puts up zeroes in Sarasota

Steve Johnson puts up zeroes in Sarasota

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...