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Orioles' lead 5-1 after top seven; Britton admits that he was "nervous as hell"

Michael Gonzalez just pitched a perfect bottom of the sixth inning, holding Orioles' lead and Felix Pie just expanded it with an RBI double in the top of the seventh. Matt Wieters followed with a single. Pinch runner Nick Green was thrown out at the plate on the play, but the Orioles were awarded the run on defensive interference. Wieters, however, was denied the RBI. He is 3-for-4 with two RBIs. It's 5-1 as the Orioles attempt to improve to 3-0 on the Grapefruit League season

Orioles reliever Jim Johnson is now in the game.

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Here are a couple of quotes from Zach Britton, who admitted after his two scoreless innings that he was "nervous as hell."

"I have no idea what happened out there today," Britton said. "I was pretty nervous, even in the pen I felt it. But it was exciting. It was good to get it out of the way. I don't even know what I can take out of it. I was so nervous. It was all nerves out there. I'm just happy it went well."

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Britton said catcher Jake Fox came out and told him a joke to try to settle him down.

"He knew I was excited to be out there so he just told me a funny joke. I didn't even know what joke it was. I wasn't laughing. I thought we were having a serious conversation. He's like, 'You can laugh a little bit.' I crossed him up a little bit and he said, 'What's going on out here?' I said, 'I have no idea.' "

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