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Game 1: 12-5 loss on Friday (April 10)

Game 2: 7-1 win on Saturday night (April 11)

Game 3: 10-7 loss on Sunday afternoon (April 12)

What I liked / Didn’t Like:

What I Liked:

Ubaldo Jimenez’s start in Game 2 – I’ve been hard on Jimenez for what was a terrible 2014 off signing the richest free-agent contract for a pitcher in franchise history (four-year, reported $50 million deal in February 2014).  But he pitched well in spring training after a rocky start and was terrific in this game, recording eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings.  Most significant: Jimenez allowed just one walk off finishing second in the American League with 77 walks allowed last season.  We need to see a lot more of this from him, but thumbs up on a great first start.

The offense – The O’s totaled 19 runs and batted .291 (30-for-103) in the series, including going 8-for-25 with runners in scoring position.

Center fielder Adam Jones – Jones went 7-for-10 with a walk, five RBI and five runs in the series, providing a solo homer and RBI single in Game 1 and a two-run homer and RBI single in Game 3.

Chris Davis – Davis started Games 1and 2 at first base and served as the DH for Game 3.  He went 5-for-13 in the series, belting a solo homer in Game 2.

Travis Snider – Snider started Games 1 and 3 in right field and was the DH for Game 2.  He went 3-for-9 with two walks, hitting a three-run homer in Game 3 after misplaying a ball for an error in the Blue Jays’ four-run top of the third.  Snider exited this series 7-for-18 with five walks over six games so far this season.

Alejandro De Aza – De Aza did not play in Game 1 but then started in left field and served the leadoff batter in Games 2 and 3.  He went 3-for-10, including a solo homer in the bottom of the first of Game 2.

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop – Schoop went 3-for-8 over Games 1 and 2, blasting a solo homer in Game 1 and a grand slam in Game 2.  He did not play in Game 3 due to a sore left quadriceps.

What I didn’t like:

Bud Norris’ start in Game 1 – Norris allowed eight runs in three innings, giving up seven hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch.

Chris Tillman’s start in Game 3 – Tillman allowed seven runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings, giving up six hits (including two homers) and three walks.

The bullpen – Orioles relievers combined to allow eight runs in 14 1/3 innings in the series, giving up 14 hits and five walks.

Wesley Wright now being out – The O’s on Saturday (April 11) placed Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a left trapezius strain.  This leaves Brian Matusz as the only non-closing lefty in the bullpen.

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