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Before heading to minors, Tyler Wilson makes easy work of Yankees in 10-2 win

Making his first career big league spring training start, Orioles right-hander Tyler Wilson made easy work of the New York Yankees in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon, throwing four scoreless innings in a 10-2 victory at Steinbrenner Field.

Wilson, the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season, retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced against a Yankees lineup that included seven starters. Afterward, he was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk.

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"Warming up in the bullpen, and they're announcing the lineup, and it's one multiyear All-Star after another, it was pretty cool," Wilson said. "But as soon as you pick the ball up on the mound in the game, it's time to get to business and simplify everything and control what I can as opposed to worrying about who was in the box."

Carlos Beltran, who had a two-out single in the first inning, was the only base runner Wilson allowed. He retired the final 10 Yankees batters he faced and, for the afternoon, struck out two batters and walked none.

"It was awesome," Wilson said. "The fact that it was against the Yankees was great, but just getting a start, getting to pitch in big league camp or whatever the scenario is always exciting. Obviously, the circumstances made it amplified, but regardless, it was great to get out there."

In 14 spring innings, Wilson has allowed just one run on 10 hits, with 11 strikeouts, one walk and a 0.64 ERA.

The Orioles jumped out to an early lead with a five-run second inning that was capped by Alejandro De Aza's three-run homer off Yankees starter Scott Baker. De Aza drove in four runs Saturday.

Catcher Steve Clevenger (Mount Saint Joseph) was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, and Jonathan Schoop drove in three runs, including a pair on a two-run double in the eighth.

Jimmy Paredes continued his scorching spring with a solo shot in the 9th, his second home run of the spring.  Paredes is hitting .372 (16-for-43) this spring, and his 11 RBIs are tied for the team lead.

Wilson's start against the Yankees offered an opportunity to gauge how Wilson, who was 14-8 with a 3.67 ERA last year in 28 starts at Double-A Bowie and Norfolk, would fare in a road-game atmosphere. With continued progress, he could be a spot starter this season or a rotation candidate next year.

"Anytime you can get a start in these circumstances and get the first one under your belt in a spring training environment as opposed to a spot start in Baltimore later in the year, that's very advantageous," Wilson said.

"Every time I pitch, I'm fired up, whether it's Bowie, Norfolk, Delmarva, whatever. It's fun to be able to go out there and pitch for a living. I was definitely more fired up than normal just given the circumstances. That's a good environment to be able to harness everything, kind of reel it back in, because there are going to be starts in the season that are the same way."

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