"Early in the game, you're going to give up a solo. He put a good swing on the ball, mistake I made but I faced him a few times in my career and the numbers are going to be there," Norris said. "It's a great battle. He's a great player. We all know who he is, and what he's capable of doing. He's someone a lot of teams are going to have to deal with this year."
Norris has now allowed just three earned runs in 11 2/3 innings. The five-inning stint – which lasted about 75 pitches – was his longest this spring. A good sign as Opening day approaches.
"We know we're breaking camp here soon and those last couple spots are out there to go get," Norris said. "So everybody's been working real hard and kind of getting antsy because we know there's still work to be done."
Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano held the Orioles scoreless through 5 2/3 innings, but he left during a 3-1 count to Adam Jones in the sixth due to left groin tightness. Jones then reached via error and scored on a double by Nelson Cruz.
Cruz had two doubles on the night and is now hitting .346 this spring.