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Davis, Schoop, Young homer in first Orioles intrasquad games

SARASOTA, Fla. - Buck Showalter got to watch the Baltimore Orioles play. Almost all of them.

The Orioles played the first of two intrasquad games Wednesday before empty stands at Ed Smith Stadium.

Chris Davis, Jonathan Schoop and Delmon Young hit long home runs, and Showalter continued his evaluation process.

"Each part of the process is different," Showalter said. "You meet them. You watch them go through drills, so you take a little in. Then you watch them throw on the side, you take a little in. Then you watch them pitch in an intrasquad game, take a little in. Watch them pitch an exhibition game, home or away, conditions of the field, in the locker room interacting. Then there's another phase, the next one is the last day in March and April."

Showalter saw Kevin Gausman and Brian Matusz pitch a scoreless inning. They started for the opposing teams and had identical lines, allowing a hit and striking out one.

"This is the positive, negative feeding frenzy stage that you've got to stay away from, I have to," Showalter said. "But, it's just human nature, you take something out of everything you see."

He especially liked Schoop, who spent the last few weeks of last season with Baltimore.

"Jon's got a lot of ability. He's kind of got through that baby fat stage. This is a big, strong man. He weighs 230 now. He's carrying it well. He can really turn the double play, too," Showalter said.

Young and Davis hit back-to-back home runs off Edgmer Escalona. Young's hit a platform in left-center field, nearly hurting Brady Anderson, who was watching.

Davis batted leadoff because Showalter arranged the batting orders alphabetically. Just as he did in last year's first intrasquad game, he hit an opposite field home run and didn't run it out.

Ryan Webb, who the Orioles signed as a free agent in December, got three quick groundball outs.

"Some guys are a little sharper than others," Showalter said.

Later he cautioned. "Nobody's got it figured out," he said.

MACHADO ON HOLD: Showalter said that Manny Machado will be re-evaluated by Dr. Neal ElAttrache around March 18. He didn't know if a go ahead would allow Machado to appear in enough spring games to be ready March 31 when the Orioles open the season against Boston.

YOON TO CANADA: South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon must go to Canada next week to receive a work visa. Yoon will leave camp around March 4. Showalter had hoped to pitch him around March 7, but that won't be possible because Yoon will be out of the country for a few days.

ACEVES COMING BACK: Alfredo Aceves, who left the team last week for a trip to Mexico so that he could receive his visa, will return Thursday night and should be working out with the team Friday, Showalter said.

YES FOR HART, NO FOR HARVEY: Showalter said that Josh Hart, who has gotten lots of unwanted attention in the past few days for his lack of knowledge on Frank Robinson, may be coming to camp to be an emergency fill-in for a spring game. Hunter Harvey, who was selected ahead of Hart in the first round of last year's draft, won't pitch in any spring games, Showalter said.

INJURY UPDATE: Alexi Casilla, who injured his right hamstring Tuesday, said he would be out a few days. Quintin Berry (back) and Chris Marrero (oblique) are probably out until at least Monday.

COMING UP: The second intrasquad game will be played Thursday morning, and it will last four or five innings, Showalter said. On Friday, Chris Tillman will start against Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte. Miguel Gonzalez pitches in the spring home opener against Toronto.

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