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Orioles rained out; Ruiz fights for third base job; Scott focuses on control

SARASOTA, Fla.-What’s happening?—The Orioles play the Boston Red Sox in Sarasota tonight. Dylan Bundy, who was scheduled to start Tuesday against Minnesota, will start. David Hess, who was scheduled today, will start Thursday against Pittsburgh in Bradenton.

Rio Ruiz is battling with Renato Nunez for the third base job. Ruiz, who was claimed on waivers from Atlanta in December, has a .297 average with two home runs and eight RBIs in 15 spring games.

“Nothing to be nervous about,” Ruiz said. “I’ve done what I’ve had to do. I came into camp with a clean slate and an opportunity, and I’ve tried to take advantage of it.”

Ruiz says he’s been pleased with his spring.

“Without nitpicking, I think I’ve done pretty well for myself,” Ruiz said. “I feel like I’ve done everything that I’ve been asked to do. I think I’ve executed my plan. There’s still a week’s full of games left.”

Nunez, who missed Monday’s game because of a sore right arm, is batting .226 with two home runs and seven RBIs. He was not in the lineup for Tuesday’s canceled game.

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Last year, Nunez hit .275 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 60 games and had a 1.2 WAR (Wins over Replacement).

However, Nunez has no options remaining and must be exposed to waivers if he’s cut. Ruiz has two options left and can be sent to the minors.

“It’s ultimately their decision,” Ruiz said. “They put the team together and we all know at this point, in baseball, it’s a business. Whatever decision they make, wherever I end up at the start of the season, I’m going to put my best foot forward.”

The Orioles are bringing back Kids Cheer Free for the second year. Adults who purchase upper-deck tickets to a home game can take up to two children 9-and-under without charge.

What’s happened?—The Orioles and Minnesota Twins were canceled because of rain.

What’s up with-Tanner Scott. After not issuing a walk in his first four outings, Scott has issued four in his last three. He’s given up seven runs in six innings.

It looks as if Scott has a spot in the bullpen, but he’s not overly confident.

“I’m just going to keep going out there and getting outs,” Scott said. “You’ve got to get outs to go places.”

Scott walked 28 in 53 innings last season and knows that number has to come down.

“I think definitely this year will be a lot better than it was last year in cutting down the walks,” Scott said.

What’s what? Spring training rainouts aren’t made up. The Twins do play in Sarasota again on Saturday night. The Orioles had only one game affected by rain this season. On February 26, their 11-5 loss to Tampa Bay was halted in the eighth inning.

What’s the word? “When you [start] trying to play GM, you’re trying to figure what guys are going to do. When you start trying to figure out what guys are going to do, that’s when you’re wrong the majority of the time.’-Ruiz’s reaction to watching Sunday’s cuts. 

What’s the number? 8. The Orioles open the season at Yankee Stadium on March 28, just eight days from now. 

What’s the record?  12-11-2. The Orioles play the Boston Red Sox at 6:05 p.m. at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota.

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