Orioles having great spring

SARASOTA, Fla. - The Baltimore Orioles are hot. They've won six straight, and have the best record in Florida. It doesn't matter to Buck Showalter.

"I have not looked at a stat sheet this spring, and won't. I don't. I don't look at them," Showalter said.

If he looked, Showalter would like what he saw.

The Orioles are 8-2, and they've scored 79 runs in 10 games, an average of 7.9 per game.

"I think there's more in the tank," Showalter said. "I'm OK with them playing real well."

On Sunday, Baltimore beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 9-2, before 7,084 at Ed Smith Stadium.

Wei-Yin Chen pitched three shutout innings, allowing one hit and striking out two.

Chris Davis was 3-for-3 and had a long two-run home run. J.J. Hardy had a three-run home run. Nick Markakis and Jonathan Schoop each had two hits.

Matt Wieters was impressed with Chen.

"Wei-Yin threw a lot of offspeed because that's what he wanted to work on. That's the big thing for me," Wieters said.

Wieters is also happy with how active the bats are.

"It's nice to swing the bat well at any time. It's also nice to pitch well," Wieters said.

MACHADO GETTING CLOSER: Manny Machado is trying to pin down the date for the re-evaluation of his left knee. Machado will see his surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache on either Mar. 18 or 19, he said, but wasn't sure where the examination will be.

He's hoping to be given the go-ahead to play, but isn't sure he'll be ready for the Mar. 31 opener.

"Things have been going great. Everything has been going smooth. We haven't had any complaints. Even the whole offseason, it's been a smooth ride," Machado said.

He's eager to get started.

"I hope I can play a couple of games with the team, even if I'm not going to be ready on Opening Day. I hope I can play a couple of games. I'm pretty sure I maybe will. We'll see how I keep feeling this week and the next," Machado said.

NOTHING ON SANTANA: Dan Duquette, the team's executive vice president of baseball operations, hasn't done any public commenting on Ervin Santana, the free agent pitcher who the Orioles are reportedly eager to sign.

"I really don't know what's real and what's not real in that case," Duquette said. "I can't really speak to that directly, but I can tell you we're happy with the pitching we have in camp," Duquette said. "We've added some veterans and continue to develop the players we have."

LEAVING CAMP: Adam Jones will leave camp on Tuesday to return to Baltimore for the birth of his first child.

Brian Matusz is scheduled to have the wart from his left middle finger removed in Philadelphia on Thursday. He'll make the trip in a day. He tried to take care of it last week, but bad weather in the Northeast delayed it.

South Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon left on Sunday to fly to Canada to obtain a work visa. He'll return in a few days and then will be able to finally pitch for the team.

LEAVING CAMP, PART TWO: Three players were reassigned to minor league camp: First baseman Chris Marrero and right-handed pitchers Fabio Castillo and Mike Wright. Marrero didn't play in spring games because of an oblique injury. There are 56 players still in camp. More cuts will come on Monday.

COMING UP: The Orioles play the Pirates at Bradenton on Monday. Chris Tillman, Brock Huntzinger and T.J. McFarland are pitching for Baltimore. Jay Jackson pitches for Pittsburgh.