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    SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) - Tommy Hunter had to wait until only two weeks remained in spring training to make his first start.

    It didn't go quite as well as he hoped.

    After being sidelined by a lower back injury, Hunter allowed two runs and five hits in five innings in the Baltimore Orioles' 6-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Last week, Hunter worked four innings in a minor league game, and Wednesday he labored through the five innings, throwing 74 pitches. Hunter walked two, struck out two and allowed a long home run to left by Toronto's J.P. Arencibia in the third inning. It was Arencibia's fourth of the spring.

    "I definitely have some work to do, and thank God, there's two weeks of spring training left," Hunter said. "I still can get outs. I'm not feeling the best that I can feel. Then again, it's spring training. It's my first outing, and I can only improve from there."

    Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said that Hunter, who will be part of the starting rotation, can certainly improve over this performance.

    "He's capable of better - command-wise," Showalter said. "We've seen Tommy have good command. It was good to see him survive without it, but I'd rather see him have it. He will. He will."

    Blue Jays starter Kyle Drabek allowed two runs and three hits in 3 1-3 innings. In his second start of the spring, Drabek, who faces long odds to make the team, walked two and struck out three. He's allowed five runs and eight hits in 9 1-3 innings.

    "I might have been wild a few times. Just rushing a little bit, but I got the groundballs that I wanted," Drabek said.

    "I feel like he's definitely on the right path," Toronto manager John Farrell said. "He threw a number of curveballs for strikes today. He kept himself under control in the first inning that could have been a little shaky for him. It's another step in the right direction for him today."

    In 2011, Drabek made the Blue Jays and stayed with them until mid-June. He was demoted after he allowed eight runs in four innings against Boston on June 12.

    He's hoping to somehow go north with Toronto.

    "It's not up to me. I feel good, though. It's at a good point now, so we'll see," Drabek said. "It's just fighting for a job, just like last year."

    Adam Jones hit his second home run and two RBIs for the Orioles.

    Toronto, which improved its record to 15-4-1, scored four runs - three unearned - off Pedro Strop in the ninth inning for the win.

    NOTES: LHP Zach Britton will be able to avoid surgery on his sore left shoulder. Britton consulted with Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., on Wednesday morning. He received two injections. "It could take up to six weeks to heal," Britton said. ... Dontrelle Willis reported to the Orioles on Wednesday morning. Dan Duquette, the team's executive vice president of baseball operations said he would like the veteran LHP to reinvent himself as a lefty specialist, and would probably have to begin the season in the minors. ... Baltimore 2B Brian Roberts said he's growing more optimistic he'll play sometime this season. "It's just a matter of when," Roberts said. ... Orioles OF Endy Chavez was 2 for 2, and is now batting .500 (14 for 28). ... Blue Jays INF Omar Vizquel, who is 44, was 2 for 3, and is batting .435 this spring. ... Baltimore Orioles reassigned RHPs Willie Eyre, Jon Link, Miguel Socolovich and Oscar Villarreal to minor league camp.

     
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    Toronto Blue Jays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Rajai Davis, CF3000002 .267
        Anthony Gose, CF1100100 .292
    Omar Vizquel, SS3020000 .435
        Luis Valbuena, SS2000003 .240
    J.P. Arencibia, C3111002 .267
        Brian Bocock, 3B2012001 .462
    Adam Lind, 1B3000011 .214
        Chris Woodward, PR-1B1000001 .091
    Ben Francisco, RF4000002 .207
    Travis Snider, LF2110100 .333
        Ricardo Nanita, LF1110000 .333
    Yan Gomes, 3B-C4121011 .474
    David Cooper, DH2100201 .294
    Mike McCoy, 2B3000012 .185
        Jonathan Diaz, 2B0001000 .480
    Totals3468543  
    Batting
    2B - Omar Vizquel (2, Hunter), Travis Snider (5, Hunter), Yan Gomes (4, Hunter)
    HR - J.P. Arencibia (4, Hunter)
    SF - Jonathan Diaz (1)
    RBI - J.P. Arencibia (9), Brian Bocock 2 (4), Yan Gomes (5), Jonathan Diaz (6)
    2-OUT RBI - Brian Bocock 2 (2)
    SB - Anthony Gose 2 (3, 2nd base off Patton/Paulino, 3rd base off Patton/Paulino)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Gomes-McCoy-Lind
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Kyle Drabek 3.1322230 4.82
    Luis Perez 1.2200000 0.00
    Francisco Cordero 1211011 3.00
    Casey Janssen 1000000 0.00
    Jim Hoey (W,1-0) 1000000 0.00
    Ronald Uviedo (S,1) 1200030 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Drabek 29-20, Luis Perez 6-6, Francisco Cordero 7-7, Casey Janssen 3-3, Jim Hoey 3-3, Ronald Uviedo 11-11
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Drabek 2-5, Luis Perez 4-0, Francisco Cordero 2-0, Casey Janssen 1-2, Jim Hoey 1-2
    Batters Faced - Kyle Drabek 15, Luis Perez 6, Francisco Cordero 5, Casey Janssen 3, Jim Hoey 3, Ronald Uviedo 5
    Baltimore Orioles
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Endy Chavez, RF2220100 .500
        Ryan Flaherty, 1B2000012 .250
    J.J. Hardy, SS3020011 .310
        Steve Tolleson, PR-SS1000000 .273
    Wilson Betemit, 1B1001101 .129
        Scott Beerer, RF1000000 .320
    Adam Jones, CF3122011 .323
        Matt Antonelli, 2B1000000 .250
    Matt Wieters, C3000001 .107
        Ronny Paulino, C1000000 .222
    Mark Reynolds, 3B3000002 .160
        Buck Britton, 3B1010000 .600
    Nolan Reimold, LF3010010 .167
        Glynn Davis, LF1000011 .000
    Chris Davis, DH3000011 .257
       a- John Hester, PH-DH1000011 .000
    Robert Andino, 2B3000000 .194
        John Ruettiger, CF1010000 .667
    Totals3439327  
    a-struck out for Davis in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Nolan Reimold (2, Cordero)
    HR - Adam Jones (2, Cordero)
    SF - Wilson Betemit (1)
    RBI - Wilson Betemit (4), Adam Jones 2 (8)
    SB - Adam Jones (1, 2nd base off Drabek/Arencibia)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Hardy-Betemit
    E - Pedro Strop (1, Throwing)
    Baltimore Orioles
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Tommy Hunter 5522221 3.60
    Luis Ayala 1000000 2.25
    Matt Lindstrom (H,2) 1000010 3.60
    Troy Patton (H,4) 1000100 0.00
    Pedro Strop (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.1241100 3.38
    Stuart Pomeranz 0.2100000 1.69
    HBP - Lind (by Troy Patton)
    WP - Pedro Strop (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 34-24, Luis Ayala 3-3, Matt Lindstrom 5-5, Troy Patton 10-4, Pedro Strop 9-4, Stuart Pomeranz 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 5-7, Luis Ayala 1-2, Pedro Strop 1-1, Stuart Pomeranz 1-1
    Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 21, Luis Ayala 3, Matt Lindstrom 3, Troy Patton 5, Pedro Strop 5, Stuart Pomeranz 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6243
    Game Time - 2:48
    Temperature - 83
    Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Mike Estabrook