Buck Showalter said he didn't notice that top pitching prospect Zach Britton was very nervous when he took the mound for his Grapefruit League debut against a very dangerous Philadelphia Phillies lineup, but he wasn't surprised.
"I think he threw well," Showalter said. "When you think about it, these young men work their whole lives to get an opportunity to do that. I'm not much into the too-cool-for-school thing."
Chris Tillman got out over his skis at times during the first two innings, but his manager seemed satisfied with the performance of the two youngest pitchers in the competition for the final spot in the rotation.
"We'll just send them out there again on four days rest and see them again,'' he said.
The Orioles had another banner day with the bats, though the gusty wind blowing in from right center field kept the ball in the ballpark until the Phillies hit a couple of homers in the bottom of the ninth.
Showalter was particularly impressed with the performance of Matt Wieters, who had three run-scoring hits as the designated hitter. He only got credit for two RBIs because of an interference ruling, but he basically delivered three RBI singles.
"There's a new sheriff in town,'' Showalter said, who has been impressed with Wieters attitude as much as his performance. "He gets three hits and comes out of the game, then I look up and he's out there warming up the pitcher when a lot of guys would be in their cars already."
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