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Orioles lose as Kevin Gausman gives up four runs in final spring start

Unsure whether he will start or pitchin relief,Orioles' Kevin Gausman gives up four runs in loss to Rays.

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Kevin Gausman, who seems ticketed for the Orioles’ bullpen to start the year, allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings in a 4-3 loss to a Tampa Bay Rays’ split squad Tuesday.

It was his last start of the spring, and he hasn’t been told what his next step is.

“I have no idea. It’s a flip of the coin,” Gausman said. “I don’t really know anything. I’m waiting just like everybody else.”

Gausman gave up a first-inning run on a RBI double by Asdrubal Cabrera and then allowed three runs in the third on a sacrifice fly, a RBI double by Logan Forsythe and David DeJesus’ first spring homer.

“I think that one inning kind of got away from me a little bit,” he said. “A couple of bounces different ways, and my line probably looks a lot different, but that’s baseball, and you have to deal with that.”

The Orioles trailed 4-0 heading into the sixth, but scored a run in three straight frames. Chris Davis had a RBI double in the sixth, Jonathan Schoop drove in a run with a single in the seventh and Nolan Reimold homered in the eighth.

It was the Orioles’ final day game at Ed Smith Stadium of 2015 – they play two more night games Wednesday and Friday. The announced attendance was 5,305.

The Orioles are now 12-16 in Grapefruit League action. 



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