LAKELAND, FLA. — Orioles manager Buck Showalter tried to find some positives after Tuesday's 15-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers to begin the Grapefruit League season.
But there weren't many highlights.
The Orioles were battered for three home runs and were held scoreless for eight innings, unable to plate a run until a group of reserves were able to scrape across two in the ninth.
Minor leaguer Drew Dosch singled, and another player brought in from minor league camp, outfielder Julio Borbon, followed with an RBI double to the deepest part of the park in center. Outfielder Henry Urrutia slapped a single up the middle to plate Borbon.
"I love to see that," Showalter said. "Dosch got a hit, and I tried to get the ball [for him to keep], but the next guy fouled the ball into the stands on the next pitch. Henry made a nice play in right field.
"I'm searching. I'm really trying to find some positives here."
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez lasted just 1 1/3 innings and was charged with six runs, including two on Ian Kinsler's three-run homer off left-hander Chris Jones. Jimenez allowed just two hits but issued two walks, hit two batters, threw a wild pitch that allowed one run to score and was charged with a throwing error.
Detroit's Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam off right-hander Oliver Drake (Navy) in the fourth inning, and Aaron Westlake hit a three-run blast off right-hander Eddie Gamboa in the sixth.
Orioles pitchers also hit four batters and walked six.
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"I think we had 137 pitches in six innings," Showalter said. "The good news is that it can only get better."
Before the ninth inning, the Orioles had just one extra-base hit, Jimmy Paredes' second-inning double.
Making his Orioles debut, shortstop Everth Cabrera opened the game with a single, but the former National League stolen-base champion was thrown out trying to swipe second base.
Around the horn
Showalter said lefty Brian Matusz had a sore right (non-throwing) shoulder from working out, but he threw a bullpen session as scheduled Tuesday. … As planned, infielder Paul Janish resumed baseball activities on Tuesday, taking some grounders. Janish, who had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder last month, is scheduled to start throwing this weekend. … Right-hander Kevin Gausman will start today's Grapefruit League home opener. Tigers' right-hander Anibal Sanchez is scheduled to start against him. Other Detroit pitchers scheduled to pitch in that game are lefties Ian Krol and Blaine Hardy, and right-handers Al Alburquerque and Drew VerHagen. … Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to start Thursday's afternoon split-squad game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Port Charlotte. Right-hander Nathan Karns is slated to start for Tampa Bay. Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is scheduled to start Thursday night's game at home against the Toronto Blue Jays. … Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Thursday night's game. He will also be signing copies of his new children's book "Out At Home" on the lower concourse beginning at 8 p.m.