Norris on his outing

Orioles starter Bud Norris made his final Grapefruit League start on Tuesday afternoon, working 5 1/3 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk. Norris also struck out two in the 78-pitch outing.

“Felt really strong,” Norris said of his outing. “A little windy, so you really have to control your body out there. I felt I did a really good job of pounding the strike zone. Steve [Clevenger] called a great game. We’re on the same page. Like I said, I’m healthy and I felt good and all of my pitches were working, so I’m happy.”

Norris finished up with a 2.65 spring ERA in five official Grapefruit League games and –like his teammates– is ready for the games to start counting.

“I’m excited. I think we all are,” said Norris, who will pitch the fourth or fifth game this season. “We’ve been champing at the bit. We’ve been working hard. Like I said, for us to get out of here healthy is the No. 1 priority. I’m excited to get this going.”

Asked to assess his spring as a whole, Norris said: ““It’s been pretty good. Like I said, you’ve got to take it one day at a time. You can’t get too far ahead of yourself. You can’t get too far behind yourself. You’ve got to take these six, seven weeks and take it one day at a time and get stronger. So, I think from a throwing program standpoint, from a body standpoint, I’ve gotten a lot stronger, and mentally stronger, too. I’m healthy, and that’s the number one priority, and would love to make 30, 35 starts.”

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