Alfredo Simon finally blinked in the fourth inning, allowing a leadoff home run to prodigal first baseman Mark Teixeira. Simon also gave up a two-run shot to Nick Swisher later in the fourth before settling down to get out ot the inning. He has thrown 73 pitches through four and given up three hits -- it was just the length of two of those hits that was the problem.
Rich Hill update: Manager Dave Trembley said that Rich Hill will be joining the Orioles in Texas to throw a side session for pitching coach Rick Kranitz, but is not close to rejoining the team. He'll make several two-inning appearances in extended spring training and probably go on a rehab assignment to Norfolk or Bowie to stretch out before coming off the disabled list. When he comes off, Trembley said, it will definitely be as a starter.