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Orioles fall to Blue Jays, 9-3

The Orioles sent a team devoid of starters to Dunedin to face the Blue Jays on Wednesday afternoon. But the game still had plenty of roster spot ramifications with left-hander Dana Eveland on the mound still competing for a starting rotation spot.

Eveland, who had thrown just nine innings this spring and most recently two single-inning stints, allowed three runs on six hits over four innings, his longest spring outing, in the Orioles’ 9-3 loss to the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Eveland allowed three doubles, among them a two-run hit by Eric Thames that put the Blue Jays up 3-2 in the third inning.

“I just made some bad pitches in some bad situations, mostly the pitch to Thames,” Eveland said. “Completely wrong side of the plate. It was supposed to be a fastball down and away, and it ended up being a fastball down and in. He’s a pull hitter and I don’t throw it hard enough to throw it by somebody, so I have to hit my spots a little better than that.”

Orioles right-hander Alfredo Simon, making his first appearance since coming out of a start with a groin pull 10 days ago, allowed six runs in two innings (35 pitches) but considered the outing a success because he was healthy.

“My leg felt really good,” Simon said. “I just tried to the throw first pitch for strikes. The next inning, I threw a lot of fastballs for strikes, they were swinging and they got good contact, a lot of base hits. But otherwise, I feel really good.”

Ryan Flaherty hit a two-run single in the third. Flaherty, who is trying to lock up the team’s utility position, has 10 RBIs this spring, second to Adam Jones’ 11. Glynn Davis drove in the Orioles’ only other run in the seventh.

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