For the second time in Buck Showalter’s three springs as Orioles manager, his team has won three straight to begin the exhibition season.

The Orioles 5-1 win over the New York Yankees before 7,335 at Ed Smith Stadium on Monday was uneventful, and that’s a good thing. Showalter is keeping some of his best pitchers under a bubble wrap, afraid of overusing them in this extra long spring.

In five weeks of exhibition games, pitching coach Rick Adair calculated that a starter could pitch eight times in games that don’t count, and that’s far too many.

With Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Jason Hammel, Jim Johnson and Darren O’Day on the sidelines, the rest of the pitchers have held opponents to eight runs.

On Monday, Brian Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Pedro Strop, Mark Hendrickson, Mike Wright and Zach Clark shut out the Yankees, who brought no boldface names along with them. Non-roster reliever Adam Russell allowed a run in the ninth.