Competing for the fifth spot in the Baltimore Orioles’ rotation, Kevin Gausman gave up four runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 4-3 loss to a Tampa Bay Rays split-squad on Tuesday. Gausman and Ubaldo Jimenez are vying for the final position and, lately, Jimenez, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract a year ago, has outpitched the 24-year-old. David De Jesus homered off Gausman to key a three-run third. Manager Buck Showalter isn’t saying whether Gausman will start, relieve or go to Triple-A Norfolk.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — Chris Tillman has been selected to start the Baltimore Orioles' opener at Tampa Bay on April 6.

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Evan Longoria hit his third homer of the spring and drove two runs as the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles played to a 6-6 tie in 10 innings Monday. For the second time in three days, Orioles manager Buck Showalter used a minor league pitcher against an American League East opponent. Zach Davies started instead of Wei-Yin Chen, who pitched a minor league game. Chen is scheduled to start against the Rays on opening day.

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Rusney Castillo made a sliding catch in the 10th inning and threw out the potential tiebreaking run at the plate, then singled and scored in the bottom half to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday With runners at the corners and one out in the 10th, Coty Blanchard hit a fly ball down the right-field line. Castillo caught the ball in foul territory, popped up and threw to catcher Matt Spring, who tagged out Cade Gotta trying to score. ”A dynamic player,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Castillo. ”If there are any questions if he could play right field he’s certainly answering those for us.” Castillo then singled against Jake Thompson leading off the bottom half and advanced on Taylor Hawkins’ passed ball.

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Ubaldo Jimenez pitched six solid innings, leading a split-squad of Baltimore Orioles to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Jimenez, who is competing for a spot in Baltimore’s rotation, allowed one run and five hits. ”The only thing I have in my mind is getting myself ready for the season like I have done the last 10 years.” Jimenez signed a $50 million, four-year contract with Baltimore last February, and then struggled. He also was left off Baltimore’s roster for the AL championship series.

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Saturday was a bad day to be a baseball in Florida .  In particular, the baseball that met the bat of New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez had a rough ride out of George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, but at least it had a good view.  The home run was Rodriguez’s third of the spring and it was easily his most impressive.  Rodriguez was sitting first-pitch baseball and got a first-pitch fastball from Baltimore Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, and then confirmed he still has the bat speed to square up a fastball and hit it a long ways. As many people have described it, it was a vintage A-Rod home run that absolutely exploded off his bat, which has to be viewed as an encouraging sign for anybody with a vested interest in the Yankees.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] Overall, Rodriguez is hitting .306 on the spring with the three homers and a double. He’s shown excellent plate discipline as well, and with each passing day he seems more comfortable at the plate. He’s making a strong case to be Joe Girardi’s full-time designated hitter. At this point, the main concerns with A-Rod might come down to durability and versatility. With that in mind, Girardi plans on giving A-Rod his first look at first base on Sunday. He’s tentatively scheduled to play five innings, and it’s hoped he’ll eventually prove to be a realistic emergency option behind Mark Teixeira and Garrett Jones. A-Rod has been receptive to the idea as well, because it could give him another path to Girardi’s lineup aside from DH and third base.  Our suggestion: Just keep hitting titanic home runs, A-Rod. That is your surest ticket to 140 games.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Tyson Ross showed off his arm for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, striking out 12 in six dominant innings and leading the San Diego Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday. Wilson spent the day in the Rangers’ camp. A former minor league infielder for Colorado, Wilson was later acquired by the Rangers and practiced with them last year. Tampa Bay right-hander Alex Cobb struck out 12 Baltimore Orioles on March 22, 2014.

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There's a Hall of Famer in the Minnesota dugout and plenty of Cuban talent all over the diamond.

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Stephen Drew had a two-run single and Chris Young added a run-scoring double in a seven-run fifth inning, and the New York Yankees romped past the Philadelphia Phillies 10-0 in a game called in the top of the sixth because of rain. Michael Pineda gave up five hits in five impressive innings for New York. The Yankees began the fifth with five straight hits off Jake Diekman. Diekman only got out one of the eight batters he faced, Carlos Beltran on a flyball to right field.

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles game with the Tampa Bay Rays was canceled by rain on Friday.

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