Wieters HR helps O's beat Tides in last tuneup

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm •  Published: March 29, 2014
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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Jonathan Schoop tried to say he just had something in his eye. Then he came clean.

Yes, the infielder did get emotional when he was told he had made Baltimore's 25-man roster.

"I worked hard for this," a smiling Schoop said after the Orioles wrapped up spring training with a rain-shortened 4-3 victory over Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. "It's what everybody dreams for."

The 22-year-old Schoop is one of Baltimore's top prospects and provides infield depth in the absence of injured third baseman Manny Machado. But manager Buck Showalter said Schoop might have made the team anyway.

"I'd like to think it wouldn't have been a different scenario even if Manny hadn't gotten hurt," Showalter said.

Schoop said his determination to begin the season with the Orioles intensified last year, when he spent the final five games of the regular season with the big league club.

"I got a taste last year and I never wanted to go back," he said. "That was my mentality."

The exhibition against the Tides was played in a persistent rain before it was stopped after 5½ innings following a 28-minute rain delay.

Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer and Ryan Flaherty singled home a run for the Orioles. Nelson Cruz, who left Thursday's game against Tampa Bay after getting hit in the helmet with a pitch, had a single and two walks in three plate appearances.

ROSTER SOLIDIFIED

The Orioles optioned pitchers Kevin Gausman and T.J. McFarland and infielder Jemile Weeks to Triple-A Norfolk, putting Schoop and outfielders Delmon Young and Steve Pearce on the team.

Showalter said the veteran Young simply worked his way onto the Orioles roster.



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