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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris (25) throws out his arms, waiting for a new baseball as Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Rene Rivera (back) rounds the bases with a solo home run during Grapefruit League action at Ed Smith Stadium on Friday.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Bud Norris (25) throws out his arms, waiting for a new baseball as Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Rene Rivera (back) rounds the bases with a solo home run during Grapefruit League action at Ed Smith Stadium on Friday. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

Right-hander Bud Norris would have pitched into the fifth inning Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, but the inning never came.

After a 16-minute rain delay following the top of the fourth, Friday's game was canceled with the Orioles leading 4-3.

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In four innings, Norris gave up three earned runs on two walks and four hits, including a solo homer to Rene Rivera in the third. He threw 59 pitches, 32 strikes and then went to the indoor batting cage to throw 20 or 25 more pitches.

He has allowed a home run and at least three runs in each of his five appearances this spring.

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"A little (bit of frustration), but not a whole ton. It doesn't count," Norris said. "That's why we are down here, to get the work in. And they give us the six weeks. A little bit of frustration just because I care. I am competitive and I want to go out there and do well and put up zeros."

In the fourth, Norris thought he had thrown a slider for a strike and made it known to home plate umpire John Hirschbeck, who walked to the mound and exchanged words with the Orioles pitcher. Manager Buck Showalter came out and, ultimately, Hirschbeck returned to the plate without incident.

"He didn't like my comments, so he started to make a stroll out there, and I was waiting for him to see what he had to say," Norris said of Hirschbeck. "Buck comes out there, and says, 'What's the problem?' Hirschbeck says, 'No problem.' I said 'Well, obviously there's a problem; [because] obviously you're coming out.' We talked it through."

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