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Baltimore at Toronto

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    Toronto «0000103004--

    Blue Jays 4, Orioles 1

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    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Omar Vizquel is barely six weeks shy of his 45th birthday, and still trying to prove he belongs in the major leagues.

    He already has spent 23 seasons in the big leagues, and if he shows the Toronto Blue Jays enough this spring, Vizquel will be back for another year.

    For now, Vizquel is a non-roster invitee to camp. With a stellar performance at third base and at the plate on Monday in the Blue Jays' 4-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, he is taking steps toward winning a job as a utility infielder.

    Vizquel made two dazzling plays at third base, a less familiar position for him than shortstop, where he forged a Hall of Fame-type career, and had a two-run, two-out single.

    The hit was barely a footnote after the game for Toronto manage John Farrell. Vizquel has played 132 career games at third base and 2,699 at shortstop.

    "His internal clock is what allows him to make up for any deficiencies in arm strength," Farrell said, "how quickly he gets rid of the ball and his understanding and knowledge of the hitters and the speed of the hitters.

    "Whether he gets them by a half-step or a quarter-step or two steps, they're an out. It's impressive to watch his instincts really come out, particularly in the plays today."

    Vizquel barehanded Scott Beerer's high chopper just off the third base line and threw him out at first. Two innings later, Vizquel backhanded Jai Miller's bouncer a few steps onto the outfield grass and sailed a rainbow throw that beat Miller by two steps.

    "The long throw was more impressive," Vizquel said. "It was (a backhanded catch) I don't do very often, and still make the long throw. People are questioning if I still have the ability to make a good throw to first base with power. The barehand play, I used to do that quite a few times."

    His two-run single followed three walks and Travis Snider's RBI single.

    "Two strikes," Vizquel said. "Some kind of a changeup or split-finger that didn't really break much, stayed up in the strike zone, and I was able to hit it up the middle."

    Brandon Morrow gave up one hit in three scoreless innings, and struck out two for Toronto. Morrow threw 27 of 33 pitches, including eight of 11 first-pitch strikes.

    Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen went three innings, struck out two and gave up two hits, including Colby Rasmus' RBI double.

    "So many different things he's been exposed to," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Chen, who is in his first major league camp after spending the past four years pitching in Japan. "Now he's pitched on the road.

    "We had a choice to make about (having him pitch a simulated game).I think it's more important with his development, just everything that he can get exposed to that he's going to be challenged with. Just trying to keep all that in mind. So far, so good. I'm pleased with him."

    NOTES: Jason Hamel will start for Baltimore, and David Price will pitch for visiting Tampa Bay on Tuesday at Sarasota. ... Toronto will play split-squad games Tuesday. Brett Cecil will start against Minnesota's Francisco Liriano at Fort Myers, and Scott Richmond, reassigned Saturday to the Blue Jays' minor league camp, will face Team Canada at St. Petersburg. ... Toronto's Dustin McGowan was originally scheduled to pitch Thursday in a minor league game, following his one-inning spring debut last Saturday, but he will instead start Thursday against Houston at Kissimmee. ... The Blue Jays returned pitchers Nelson Figueroa and Jim Hoey, and infielder Ryan Goins to their minor league camp.

     
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    Baltimore Orioles
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Endy Chavez, LF3010001 .385
        Xavier Avery, CF1000000 .294
    Robert Andino, 2B1000100 .214
        Caleb Joseph, C1000000 .333
        Gabriel Lino, C0000000 .000
    Nick Johnson, DH3000011 .167
       a- Travis Adair, PH-DH1000000 .000
    Joe Mahoney, 1B3110012 .167
        Manny Machado, SS1000000 .143
    Jai Miller, CF-LF3000013 .250
        Cory Aldridge, LF1000010 .000
    Ryan Flaherty, SS-RF3011010 .278
    Steve Tolleson, 3B3000021 .273
        Buck Britton, 3B0000000 .000
    Scott Beerer, RF3000001 .250
        Jeff Larish, 1B0000000 .000
    John Hester, C1000000 .000
        Matt Antonelli, 2B1000000 .333
    Totals2913117  
    a-flied out for N. Johnson in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Ryan Flaherty (1, Hutchison)
    SH - Robert Andino (1)
    RBI - Ryan Flaherty (3)
    Team LOB - 4
    Fielding
    E - Ryan Flaherty (2, Misplayed grounder), Steve Tolleson (2, Throwing)
    Baltimore Orioles
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Wei-Yin Chen (L,1-1) 3211120 1.80
    Armando Galarraga 2233320 6.75
    Jon Link 1000020 0.00
    Pat Neshek 1000010 0.00
    Stuart Pomeranz 1000000 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Wei-Yin Chen 21-16, Armando Galarraga 25-13, Jon Link 7-7, Pat Neshek 5-5, Stuart Pomeranz 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wei-Yin Chen 3-5, Armando Galarraga 1-4, Pat Neshek 2-0, Stuart Pomeranz 1-2
    Batters Faced - Wei-Yin Chen 13, Armando Galarraga 12, Jon Link 3, Pat Neshek 3, Stuart Pomeranz 3
    Toronto Blue Jays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Yunel Escobar, SS2000100 .211
        Luis Valbuena, PR-SS1000000 .400
    Omar Vizquel, 3B3012000 .455
        Chris Woodward, PR-3B1000000 .200
    Ben Francisco, LF3000003 .200
        David Cooper, 1B1000000 .313
    Edwin Encarnacion, 1B-LF4000031 .238
    Kelly Johnson, 2B2210110 .235
        Jonathan Diaz, 2B1000000 .364
    Rajai Davis, RF3000002 .357
        Moises Sierra, PR-RF1000000 .313
    Colby Rasmus, CF2111101 .188
        Anthony Gose, CF1000000 .333
    Travis Snider, DH2111110 .316
    Jeff Mathis, C3000024 .182
        Travis d'Arnaud, C0000000 .200
    Totals3044447  
    Batting
    2B - Colby Rasmus (2, Chen)
    RBI - Omar Vizquel 2 (3), Colby Rasmus (3), Travis Snider (8)
    2-OUT RBI - Omar Vizquel 2 (2), Colby Rasmus (1)
    SB - Kelly Johnson (1, 2nd base off Chen/Hester)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - Cooper-Valbuena
    E - Yunel Escobar (3, Misplayed grounder)
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Brandon Morrow (W,1-0) 3100020 0.00
    Francisco Cordero (H,3) 1000000 0.00
    Casey Janssen (H,3) 1000010 0.00
    Drew Hutchison (H,1) 2211130 4.50
    Deck McGuire (S,1) 2000010 0.00
    HBP - Hester (by Drew Hutchison)
    WP - Drew Hutchison (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 16-16, Francisco Cordero 3-3, Casey Janssen 5-5, Drew Hutchison 19-13, Deck McGuire 8-8
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 6-2, Francisco Cordero 2-1, Casey Janssen 1-1, Drew Hutchison 2-0, Deck McGuire 2-3
    Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 11, Francisco Cordero 3, Casey Janssen 3, Drew Hutchison 9, Deck McGuire 6
    Game Information
    Attendance - 4221
    Game Time - 2:20
    Temperature - 73
    Umpires - Home - Chris Ward, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Mark Lollo