Ruthless Rewind: O's Matusz stays impressive

Plus Cory Redding, Ralph Friedgen and more

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March 26, 2010|by Matt Vensel | | b free daily

Fans of every local team had something to talk about this week. The O's young ace. The Ravens' latest move. The Capitals' rejuvenated goalie. And the end of the road for one Terps team, and a fresh start for another.

[1] Future Orioles ace Brian Matusz -- and by future, I mean in a month or two -- continued his impressive spring this week. In Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Cardinals, he allowed three runs in six innings and held star sluggers Albert Pujols and Matt Holliday hitless. Sure, Matusz labored at times, but the key thing was that he got out of the jams with minimal damage. We haven't seen that from veterans Kevin Millwood and Jeremy Guthrie, who also haven't instilled much confidence in the fan base with shaky springs. Matusz will be the team's best pitcher this season -- and probably for the next few summers after that.

[2] A few days after losing starting DE Dwan Edwards to the Bills, the Ravens signed former Seahawk and Lion Cory Redding to a two-year contract. At the very least, Redding will be the lead guy in a rotation at the position with Trevor Pryce and Paul Kruger. And if Redding can stay healthy and get back to the form he displayed a few years back (he had eight sacks in 2008), he'll be an upgrade over Edwards. Chalk it up as another nice low-risk gamble by Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome.

[3] The Terps opened spring football practices Tuesday, and you know what that means. Well yeah, coach Ralph Friedgen crammed into a golf cart like Donkey Kong in "Super Mario Kart." But it also means football season is coming up soon. That's good news for the Terps, who are looking to bounce back from a disastrous season. "I think our team is very excited to show we're not a 2-10 team," the Fridge said before throwing a turtle shell at Luigi and speeding off.

[4] Jared Gaither, if Terrell Suggs can get off the couch and take part in the Ravens' voluntary offseason workout program, you can do it, too.

[5] The Ravens are evaluating cornerbacks in case Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington aren't 100 percent at the start of the season. Coach John Harbaugh indicated the door is closed on Samari Rolle but remains ajar for Frank Walker. Really? With guys such as Dre Bly, Nick Harper and Lito Sheppard out there, there's no way Frank comes back, is there?

[6] Caps goalie Jose Theodore has rediscovered his game at the perfect time. He shined again in Wednesday night's shootout win over the Penguins, making 39 saves to improve his record in his last 19 games to 17-0-2. If Theo stays hot, the Caps could actually bring the Cup to D.C. Crazy talk!

[7] The Maryland men got knocked out of the NCAA tournament by a buzzer beater by no-name Michigan State guard Korie Lucious. But trust me, his name won't be forgotten here. "Korie F@&%ing Lucious" will be remembered for a long, long time -- unfortunately.

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