Davis, Schoop jacks power O's past Blue Jays

Gonzalez fires two scoreless innings in strong spring debut

Davis, Schoop jacks power O's past Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Chris Davis and Jonathan Schoop both homered for the Orioles, while Blue Jays prospect Daniel Norris fired 1 2/3 shutout innings in a solid start, as Baltimore's split squad rolled to a 5-0 win on Thursday night in Grapefruit League action at Ed Smith Stadium.

Davis, who will finish the last game of his 25-game suspension on Opening Day, drove a 2-0 pitch from Chad Jenkins in the third inning to also score Manny Machado -- who singled twice -- and Adam Jones. Schoop added a two-run shot in the seventh.

O's right-hander Miguel Gonzalez threw two scoreless innings in his spring debut, retiring six of seven batters.

"First one out, got ahead of guys and worked well with a lot of fastballs and fastball command in and out," said Gonzalez, who was pleased with his outing. "I threw four offspeed pitches that I can remember. Felt good out there."

Schoop's two-run blast

Norris, competing with Marco Estrada for the final spot in Toronto's starting rotation, was pleased with his Spring Training debut. The 21-year-old lefty gave up a single and a walk in the first inning before making a mechanical adjustment that helped him strike out Delmon Young and Davis.

Norris recorded two more outs, both on ground balls, in the second inning. He left having given up a hit and a walk on 36 pitches, 22 of them for strikes.

While most pitchers use their spring outings as an opportunity to work on a particular pitch or sequence, Norris said he treated Thursday's outing like a big league game. He threw all four of his pitches, spinning a 75-mph curveball to fan Young before placing a 95-mph fastball low and away to freeze Davis.

"You can go out there and try to get a feel for your heater and stuff, but at the end of the day, you've got to get the guy out," Norris said. "You're going out there and facing a really good lineup, so you've got to bring your 'A' game."

Up next: The Blue Jays and Orioles will reconvene on Friday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, as knuckleballer R.A. Dickey makes his Spring Training debut opposite Baltimore right-hander Mike Wright. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. ET. Wright is considered one of the O's promising pitching prospects.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.