Gonzalez positive after 'tough' start vs. Rays

Gonzalez positive after 'tough' start vs. Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles starter Miguel Gonzalez made his Grapefruit League debut in less-than-thrilling fashion on Thursday, allowing seven runs on eight hits to the Rays over 1 1/3 innings. Tampa Bay beat Baltimore, 10-3.

"They didn't even let me breathe out there. It was tough. They were swinging at that first pitch," said Gonzalez, who allowed three runs before he recorded a second out. "The positive side is that I didn't walk anyone, and physically I feel fine. I'm ready to go. It was just a tough one to think about. Obviously, the results weren't there. The fastball was up. I'm happy with my fastball and split. Other than that, I'm feeling good."

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Gonzalez, like Ubaldo Jimenez before him, did not complete his scheduled two innings due to a pitch count. Like Jimenez, Gonzalez wasn't worried about the stat line.

"We've still got a long way," Gonzalez said. "This is a start for us. Mentally, we've got to be strong and forget about this start, and hopefully have better results for the next one."

Worth Noting
• After allowing a solo home run, Dylan Bundy retired the next three batters he faced in the fifth inning on Thursday.

"That's about as good a velocity as Bundy's had since the [Tommy John] surgery," Manager Buck Showalter said. "That was good to see."

Chris Tillman is scheduled to throw a side session on Friday, while Yovani Gallardo will face hitters on Saturday.

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