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March 23, 2011

Matusz done after getting just four outs

I'm sure the Orioles won't publicly fret too much about young left-hander Brian Matusz, but I'd certainly be concerned after what I witnessed tonight.

Matusz managed to get just four outs, getting knocked out of the game on Joe Mauer's two-run single off the base off the wall. He surrendered four earned runs on five hits and three walks, and it could have been worse, but Alberto Castillo came in and got Justin Morneau to hit into an inning-ending double play.

Matusz faced 12 batters and eight of them reached base and five of them went to a full count. He threw 56 total pitches, 31 for strikes.

This was supposed to be his second to last start of the spring and Matusz was more than likely going to get the ball in the second game of the season. But he's yet to throw five innings in a game this spring.

After he left the game, he went straight down in the bullpen to get his pitch count up and to work on his mechanics.

Meanwhile, the Orioles are trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the third. Adam Jones just put them on the board with a mammoth shot off Twins lefty Francisco Liriano. The ball run off the top of the hitter's eye in center field.

Liriano has gotten nine outs, all on strikeouts. he also has allowed four hits and three walks.

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Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 8:00 PM | | Comments (1)


Is Machado warming up in the pen yet....sigh.

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