BALTIMORE -- Orioles catcher Matt Wieters ended last year on a roll, and he's kept right on going to start this season.
Wieters went 4-for-4 with two singles, a double and a homer in Monday's loss to the Yankees, and he raised his average on the young season to .429 with a first-inning single off Freddy Garcia on Tuesday.
Wieters tied a career high for one game with his four hits on Tuesday.
"Fortunately, toward the end of [Spring Training], I felt good," Wieters said. "It's always a good point to get going toward the end of Spring Training and get ready for the year."
Wieters entered Tuesday with two homers and three RBIs through four games, helping the Orioles to a 3-1 record.
Andino downplays postgame dispute
BALTIMORE -- Robert Andino shrugged off the events that immediately followed the final out of Monday night's 6-2 loss to the Yankees, in which New York catcher Russell Martin exchanged words with the Baltimore second baseman.
Martin suspected Andino of relaying or signaling pitch locations as a baserunner during the ninth inning. Andino said before Tuesday's game that it was all just a misunderstanding and the accusations were not true.
"I know I don't play like that," Andino said. "But it's all good. There's nothing going on."
Andino also said he wasn't worried about any kind of carry-over to Tuesday's game.
"I don't know," Andino said. "If something happens, something happens. but I don't think anything's going to happen, though."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi also shrugged off the incident after Monday's game, telling reporters that "boys were being boys."
Andino was clearly trying to downplay the incident when talking with reporters on Tuesday. He said he's not making a big deal about it.
And if he happens to get hit by a pitch, then Andino will keep things simple.
"I'll just go to first," Andino said.
The Orioles entered Tuesday second in the American League with a .295 average, trailing only the Tigers, who got off to a sizzling start at .329. In addition, the O's were hitting .343 with the bases empty. But they went just 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position in Monday's loss and were hitting .182 overall in such situations so far this season -- 20th in the Majors.
Orioles skipper Buck Showalter entered Tuesday needing 12 wins to reach 1,000 for his career. He has a 988-950 overall record in 14 seasons as a manager, having previously worked with the Yankees, D-backs and Rangers before coming to Baltimore in 2010.
The Orioles have hit a home run in the first or second inning of each of their five games this season. On Monday night, Wieters homered in the second inning to tie the game at 1, and J.J. Hardy hit his second homer of the season in the bottom of the first on Tuesday.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.