FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Bud Norris pitched into the sixth inning in his last Grapefruit League tune-up before the regular season, but the Orioles dropped a 4-1 decision to the Minnesota Twins.
Norris lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned), seven hits and a walk while striking out two batters.
“Felt really strong. A little windy, so you really have to control your body out there,” Norris said. “I felt I did a really good job of pounding the strike zone.”
For the spring, the Orioles’ expected No. 5 starter posted an impressive 2.65 ERA in 17 innings over five spring games. He struck out 15 and walked only six. On Tuesday, he threw 78 pitches, 52 for strikes.
“You can’t get too far ahead of yourself. You can’t get too far behind yourself. You’ve got to take these six, seven weeks and take it one day at a time and get stronger,” Norris said. “So, I think from a throwing program standpoint, from a body standpoint, I’ve gotten a lot stronger, and mentally stronger, too. I’m healthy, and that’s the No. 1 priority, and would love to make 30, 35 starts.”
The Orioles scored just once against the Twins -- on a sacrifice fly by Steve Pearce to score Steve Clevenger, who had three hits.