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Kevin Gausman still not sure if he'll start or pitch in relief for Orioles

Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman throws during the fourth inning of a spring training exhibition game against the New York Yankees in Sarasota, Fla..
Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman throws during the fourth inning of a spring training exhibition game against the New York Yankees in Sarasota, Fla.. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)

After pitching in his final spring start Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays, Kevin Gausman admitted he is not sure what his immediate future holds – whether it is in the bullpen or rotation.

"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."

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Gausman said he felt good Tuesday, but his results against a Rays' split squad weren't stellar – in part because of several well-placed hits and a defense that wasn't crisp. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings. He didn't record a strikeout while throwing 77 pitches, 52 for strikes.

"Obviously, I'm not happy about the line, but I felt like I had good stuff," Gausman said. "I commanded my offspeed (pitches) pretty well. I think they just kind of came out hacking."

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Gausman gave up a first-inning run on an RBI double by Asdrubal Cabrera and then allowed three runs in the third on a sacrifice fly, an 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 have not announced their plans for their fifth starter, but Gausman, who has a 7.04 Grapefruit League ERA, won't start again the rest of the spring – which is an indication he will be in the bullpen and Ubaldo Jimenez will  be in the rotation.

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