Blue Jays burned by pair of Orioles homers

Top prospect Norris strikes out pair in solid Grapefruit League debut

Blue Jays burned by pair of Orioles homers

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."

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. Dickey, the club's No. 1 starter each of the last two years, went 14-13 with a 3.71 ERA in 34 starts last season. The Blue Jays have not named an Opening Day starter after doing so with Dickey early on in camp each of the last two years.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for 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.