DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Jair Jurrjens got off to an uneven start in his attempt to earn the Baltimore Orioles’ fifth spot in the rotation. An All-Star with Atlanta in 2011, Jurrjens allowed a run on two hits in two innings Sunday as the Orioles beat a split squad of Blue Jays, 5-4.
One of many contenders for the fifth spot in the rotation, Jurrjens was signed to a minor league deal on Feb. 15.
“He was sloppy with his breaking ball, which happens to everybody early on,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “He was facing a pretty good lineup. We’ll see where it takes us. He’ll tighten some things up.”
Jurrjens retired the first four Toronto hitters before J.P. Arencibia singled, Colby Rasmus walked and Mark DeRosa hit an RBI single.
“My situation’s a little bit different this time,” Jurrjens said. “When you have a job, you just come in and try to get in shape. Now, when you’re competing for a job, you need to try to get in shape as quick as possible. Losing my timing in spring training is usually something that happens to me all the time. The more and more I get on the mound, the more comfortable I get and I think the more I start feeling where I need to release the ball. I can feel my timing coming back.”
Kevin Gausman, Baltimore’s No. 1 draft pick last year and the fourth selection overall, made his Orioles debut, allowing a run and a hit in 1 2-3 innings.
After newly acquired veteran starter Mark Buehrle allowed four straight hits to the Orioles in his second inning Sunday, the Blue Jays left-hander said he wasn’t disappointed. In fact, everything went according to plan.
Buehrle, acquired in a blockbuster trade with Miami, retired his first four hitters before allowing a single to Lew Ford, a two-run homer by Steve Pearce and singles to Danny Valencia and Taylor Teagarden.
After 1 1-3 innings and 35 pitches, Buehrle was yanked.
Buehrle was obtained by the Blue Jays, along with Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes, after one season with the Marlins. Now he’s back in the American League, where he spent 12 seasons with the Chicago White Sox.
Two of Buehrle’s outs came on fly balls. One was a strikeout and the other was a grounder, which he prefers.
Reyes played in his first game for his new team, going 1 for 2, and slugger Jose Bautista hit a long two-run homer off Troy Patton in the third inning.
Nationals tie Marlins
VIERA, Fla. — Drew Storen’s first chance to put last season’s playoff flop behind him didn’t go so well Sunday.
The Washington Nationals reliever gave up a late lead against the Miami Marlins in a game that was stopped after 10 innings with the score tied 2-all.
Jake Jeffries drove in the tying run for Miami with an RBI groundout in the ninth against Storen.
Bryce Harper had two singles for the Nationals in a game that was delayed 66 minutes by rain. Anthony Rendon gave Washington a 2-1 lead with a two-run homer in the fifth.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann went three innings, allowing one run on two hits.
Miami’s Henderson Alvarez threw two shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out two.