Chen hones changeup in solid outing vs. Blue Jays

Southpaw allows one earned run in five innings; Young hits second spring homer

Chen hones changeup in solid outing vs. Blue Jays

SARASOTA, Fla. -- A pair of homers paved the way for Toronto on Wednesday, with Steve Tolleson and Kevin Pillar each going deep in the Blue Jays' 5-2 win over the Orioles.

After an early unearned run, Tolleson homered in the third off O's starter Wei-Yin Chen to push the Jays' lead to 2-0. Pillar went deep off Orioles righty Ryan Webb in the sixth, connecting for a two-run shot, and Toronto extended its lead with a sacrifice fly by Ezequiel Carrera in the eighth.

Chen went five innings in the tuneup start, while Blue Jays starter Daniel Norris went six innings and struck out seven.


Tolleson's solo home run

Tolleson makes his case: Tolleson has been somewhat of an afterthought in the discussion at second base, but he let his bat do the talking vs. Baltimore. Tolleson hit a solo home run to deep left field off Chen. It was Tolleson's second of the spring, and the fact it came off a lefty shows where his true value lies. Tolleson had an .844 OPS against left-handers last year and could fill a platoon role for the Blue Jays.

Pillar's two-run homer

Delmon goes deep: Delmon Young clobbered the first pitch he saw in the seventh inning from reliever Steve Delabar for his second homer of the spring. The outfielder was one of just a few offensive bright spots for Baltimore, as the O's were held to just five hits.


Matusz making case: Brian Matusz continued his impressive spring, picking up two strikeouts in a scoreless top of the seventh. The lefty, whose name has surfaced in trade rumors this spring, has allowed only one earned run in 11 1/3 Grapefruit League innings.


The Orioles will travel to Lakeland, Fla., to take on the Tigers at 1:05 p.m. ET on Thursday in a contest that can be seen live on MLB.TV. Baltimore will start right-hander Chris Tillman opposite Tigers lefty David Price. Kevin Gausman, who is vying for a rotation spot, and Tommy Hunter are also slated to pitch.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. 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.