Nerves may have affected the national anthem singer, who stopped the song and started over about a quarter way through, but they haven't affected Orioles' pitching prospect Zach Britton.
Britton, in his first spring start, pitched a scoreless first, needing just 13 pitches (eight strikes) to get through Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira. All three grounded out.
The second inning was more of a struggle, but Britton got through it without allowing a run. Alex Rodriguez led off with a single. He was erased on Andruw Jones' fielder's choice, which should have been a double play but Brian Roberts' throw was high and first baseman Luke Scott couldn't handle it.
Britton walked University of Maryland product Justin Maxwell before Britton fanned Greg Golson and retired Melky Mesa on a flyout to end the inning.
Through two innings, Britton has allowed one hit and one walk, struck out one and thrown 16 of his 29 pitches for strikes.
He just finished a scoreless third, giving up a one-out single to Jeter but fighting back from down 3-0 to retire Teixeira on a groundout to end the inning.
Kevin Gregg is now in the game. Britton's final line is two hits and one walk in three scoreless innings. He threw 23 of his 42 pitches for strikes.