Machado has RBI single, Chen pitches three scoreless innings in 3-1 win over Yankees

Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, coming back from a second knee surgery in as many seasons, showed flashes Tuesday afternoon of what made him one of the best young players in the game.

After Jonathan Schoop hit a double into the left-center field gap in the fifth inning off New York Yankees pitcher Branden Pinder, Machado followed with an RBI single up the middle.


Machado also dazzled on defense, making several nice plays at third base, including charging a slow roller down the third-base line off the bat of Yankees leadoff man Didi Gregorius and throwing him out at first base.

That added up to a 3-1 Orioles win over the Yankees at Ed Smith Stadium in front of an announced 7,987, the Orioles' fourth sellout in five home games this spring.

Schoop later added another double and second baseman Rey Navarro belted a solo homer in the seventh inning.

Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen tossed three scoreless innings in his second spring start as he worked to improved his changeup with a new grip.

Chen, who threw a circle change last year, is experimenting with a new palmball grip.

"So far it's not bad because last year when I threw my circle change, my body tends to fly open," Chen said through interpreter Louis Chao. "This year, with this grip, it doesn't. So, so far I think it's pretty good. … I'm still trying it out. I don't know if it will work for me, but we'll see."

Chen allowed just one hit over his three innings, walking one and striking out two. He retired seven of the final eight hitters he faced after allowing a two-out single to Chase Headley.

Right-hander Kevin Gausman, also making his second spring appearance, threw two scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits with one walk and one strikeout.


"A little bit different than starting, but I got to get my throwing in over here," Gausman said. "Luckily, we're right next to our complex so that's pretty nice. I got all my throwing in. It felt pretty good. I had a little bit of trouble hitting the outside corner against righties but overall I felt pretty good. I got a lot of ground balls."

Gausman allowed back-to-back singles to the first two hitters he faced in the fourth inning before inducing a 6-4-3 double-play ball from Yankees catcher John Ryan Murphy. Shortstop Jose Pirela then grounded out.

Gausman, who pitched just one inning in his spring debut, said he believed he would go three innings in his next outing.

"I'm not in those meetings with coaches unfortunately, but yeah that's how I think it's going to go, just an inning every time we're going to go up," he said. "Hopefully by the end, they'll let me get five or six."

Matt Wieters was 0-for-4 and is hitless in 17 spring training at-bats.