SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles got an unofficial start to Spring Training with Friday's afternoon's intrasquad game, a contest which was unsurprisingly dominated by the pitchers as is typically the case in early-camp games.
"We knew we were going to win today, that's for sure," Orioles manager Buck Showalter joked of the first of two scheduled intrasquad games. "They were looking forward to getting into a game situation. I don't care what you do on the back fields, it's just a different [feel], not only for [the players], but for us. Everybody getting back in the flow of game day activity. It was fun."
Right-hander Jake Arrieta started against Jason Hammel, who made his Orioles debut and had his competitive juices flowing, according to Showalter. Each pitcher went roughly one inning, although it wasn't a straight three outs an inning scenario. If a pitcher needed more or less work, he stayed out there, such as Pedro Strop, who went four outs because of how efficient he was.
Arrieta and Brian Matusz both looked good, both throwing perfect innings for the visiting team, which won 2-1. Hammel, who struck out two of three batters, was followed by Matt Lindstrom, who gave up the first run of spring to Joe Mahoney on a double down the right-field line.
Mark Reynolds made two impressive plays at third base, showing off some glovework and improved athleticism by getting to a slow roller and throwing out Xavier Avery.
"I'm not sure he would have been able to do that as athletically [in the past] as he did today," Showalter said of Reynolds, who committed 26 errors at third base last season. "So, that's a good start. You'd like to see a guy get a return right out of the chute for some of the things that he really put emphasis on."
Reynolds has slimmed down about 20 pounds from where he started last spring. He said earlier this offseason that he made an effort to do some serious cardio work -- running up the hills by his home in Arizona -- as well as focus on improving his agility and becoming more mobile.
Reynolds thinks he got carried away in the weight room at times last spring, bulking up to a level where he had trouble moving defensively.
Other pitchers who threw on Friday's included: Dana Eveland, Darren O'Day, Zach Phillips, Troy Patton, Alfredo Simon, Brad Bergesen, and Miguel Socolovich.