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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Friday's game that left-hander Brian Matusz and hitting coach Jim Presley were fighting flu-type symptoms. Presley was sent home; Matusz never made it to the ballpark. “We've got his bug going around,” Showalter said. “It's taken about two guys out a day, seems like.” Showalter made it sound like Matusz had already visited the hospital and might have to stay there -- and that he might not be available Saturday. “I'm not sure about Brian Matusz's status [Saturday]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
There will be no baseball played over the next two days, after the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants both punched tickets to the National League Championship Series with Game 4 wins Tuesday night. No baseball until the Orioles open the American League Championship Series on Friday night at Camden Yards against the Kansas City Royals. The Nationals were knocked out by the Giants on Tuesday, so there will be no Beltway World Series. The elimination of the Nats also means that the Orioles, who won 96 games in the regular season, are alone as the winningest team remaining.
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By Matt Vensel | July 28, 2011
Pitching in the minor leagues and still struggling to get hitters out, Brian Matusz, who was thought to be the Orioles' best starting pitcher entering the 2011 season, admitted to Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday that he wasn't mentally prepared at the start of spring training. Down in Sarasota, the Orioles pitching brain trust of Mark Connor and Rick Adair -- Connor is no longer with the team -- tinkered with Matusz's mechanics, and the pitcher said it negatively affected his confidence.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Note to Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland: It's not personal. The Orioles released their roster for the American League Division Series on Thursday morning and a couple of the team's left-handed mainstays are going to spend the next several days in a cheerleading role. That's not because of anything they did or didn't do during the regular season. It's because the Detroit Tigers are such a heavily right-handed-hitting team that there won't be very many opportunities for manager Buck Showalter to match up using his lefties in the middle and late innings.
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By Steven Petrella and The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2012
Brian Matusz is making a case to come back to Baltimore.  The lefty was named the International League Pitcher of the Week today after his first start in Triple-A Norfolk on Friday. Tides outfielder Nate McLouth took the honors for Batter of the Week. Matusz tossed a complete game shutout in a 4-0 win over Charlotte, surrendering four hits and a walk while striking out four. Eighty-one of his 114 pitches were strikes, and he outdueled rehabbing Phillip Humber, who threw a perfect game for the Chicago White Sox earlier this season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
Now that Orioles fans have had some time to digest left-hander Brian Matusz's 2012 debut, let's really take a look at the pluses and minuses of his outing against the Yankees, a 6-2 loss, on Monday night. Orioles manager Buck Showalter and catcher Matt Wieters both said emphatically that Matusz is leaps and bounds better than what he was last year. Matusz's velocity was there. He was mostly in the 91-92 range, the same as we saw during the spring, and nowhere near the mid-80s he dropped into last year. Even after the 90-pitch mark, he was still throwing 91.  So for now, let's put that to rest.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2012
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz said he's put last season's struggles behind him and feels he's become a better pitcher having gone through them. Matusz looked impressive in his first public bullpen session Wednesday. Catcher Matt Wieters said it looked like Matusz's mechanics had improved and he regained his 2010 form. “I felt good,” Matusz said. “I felt nice and loose. The ball was coming out of my hand with no effort and it was coming out nice. I feel like the stuff is there.
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September 30, 2012
One of the most impressive things about the Orioles' turnaround under Buck Showalteris Showalter's ability to experiment in-season. And his knack on pulling the plug when it doesn't work and sticking with it when it looks like it might. How many times have we heard over the years that this guy might work out at that spot, but that's more of a spring training thing? The answer is plenty. Yet Showalter isn't afraid to try things and see if they stick - even if it means losing a game or two. Because the result could also win you a game or two. There have been some duds, like the revolving door of infielders in the outfield earlier this year.
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By Matt Vensel | June 15, 2011
After an abysmal start on Sunday in which he retired just three of the 13 batters he faced, Orioles pitcher Brian Matusz insisted that he was “100 percent healthy.” But he looked so out of sync in the 9-6 loss, Rays manager Joe Maddon said Matusz didn't look quite right. “He's not throwing as hard as he used to,” he said. Meanwhile, in the Baltimore clubhouse, Orioles manager Buck Showalter wasn’t sugarcoating Matusz’s performance, saying that he had hoped to see more improvement from his young starter upon returning from the disabled list.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2012
As the Orioles packed up for their final road trip of a surprising first half Sunday evening, left-hander Brian Matusz was left behind, the obvious casualty of a club - and a starting rotation - that is seemingly wilting as the summer progresses. Matusz, in a funk for his past five starts, secured a trip to Triple-A Norfolk by failing to get through the fifth in a 6-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians - the Orioles' ninth defeat in their past 12 games. “In my last five, six outings [I]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before Thursday's game that he faced some difficult choices in selecting the team's American League Division Series roster, but he said the decision to add right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez gives his 11-man pitching staff a dynamic that he likes. Showalter selected Jimenez, who struggled throughout the season with his control and was eventually demoted to the bullpen before pitching well in his final three appearances, while leaving left-handers Brian Matusz and T.J. McFarland off the roster against a predominantly right-handed Detroit Tigers lineup.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
The Orioles will only have two lefties in their bullpen for the American League Division Series that starts tonight at 5:37 p.m. against the Detroit Tigers, and Ubaldo Jimenez is a surprise addition to the roster. The Tigers don't have many left-handed bench options, so Orioles manager Buck Showalter apparently felt he'd rather have an extra right-hander that can provide some length in Jimenez. Infielder Jimmy Paredes made the cut. Outfielder/baserunning specialist Quintin Berry didn't.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
In considering his American League Division Series roster, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this weekend in Toronto that his biggest decision was whether he would carry 10 or 11 pitchers in the best-of-five series against the Detroit Tigers. He decided on the latter and opted to make that 11th pitcher right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez . To call Jimenez's first season in Baltimore inconsistent might be kind. He's been on a roller coaster that included a second-half demotion to the bullpen.
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By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2014
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez said he was somewhat surprised that he was added to the Orioles' American League Division Series roster, but he thought he might have a chance after the way he had pitched down the stretch. “I was wondering,” said Jimenez, who was 6-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 25 games this year but 2-0 with a 3.27 ERA in three September appearances. “I realize that the other guys have been doing their job, so I know it was a tough call. But I was really happy to have the opportunity to be on the roster, and I'm looking forward to doing my job.” When deciding on his 25-man ALDS roster, manager Buck Showalter said he considered several factors, including the Detroit Tigers' right-handed heavy lineup, versatility and recent performance.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
We are going to get the bar going a lot in the next few weeks. There will be lots of things to discuss. Lots of predictions for you to share. Much has been made about what the Orioles' roster for the American League Division Series will look like. I'd imagine we'll know at some point today, though Buck Showalter doesn't have to submit it until Thursday morning. Honestly, I think it's pretty set. To me there are only two spots that are unclear. That's because I believe Kelly Johnson, T.J. McFarland and David Lough are going to make the roster.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2014
Even though the Orioles entered Wednesday night's game against the Reds with a 9 1/2-game lead in the American League East and had a magic number to clinch the division of 17, manager Buck Showalter said he's far from thinking about postseason strategy. “Not now,” Showalter said. “We're not there, not even in your mindset now. … Whenever it is, it's not tonight, and it won't be tomorrow night, and it won't be the next night. And it won't be the next day, either. I'll tell you what, for the next nine days, it's not a thought.” Still, Showalter will use the expanded rosters to give rest to some starters.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2012
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz had plenty of help in his fourth Grapefruit League start Tuesday afternoon against the Phillies at Ed Smith Stadium. Coming off back-to-back scoreless outings, Matusz's outing Tuesday wasn't his best of the spring, but the 25-year-old took another step toward earning a spot in the Orioles' starting rotation. He threw a spring training-high five innings, allowing seven hits — including three hits to lead off innings —but yielded just one run. "It's going to happen over the course of a season, multiple times," Matusz said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2012
Left-hander Brian Matusz returned to the Orioles clubhouse Friday afternoon, but to fill a much different role than the one he had when he left. With left-handed reliever Troy Patton on the disabled list nursing a sprained right ankle, the Orioles called up Matusz, who was converted to a relief role 10 days ago, to be the sole lefty in the O's bullpen. "I'm confident in his abilities, I don't know if it's going to play up here," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2014
CLEVELAND - Orioles center fielder Adam Jones isn't one to swallow his opinion, but after the Orioles lost 2-1 in 11 innings Friday night on a walk-off home run by Cleveland Indians third baseman Mike Aviles, Jones carefully measured his words. “I plead the fifth. I think being smart in what you say will help you in the long run,” said Jones, who was involved in a controversial hit-by-pitch call in the eighth inning. “I'd rather take the high road tonight and … I'd just rather take the high road.” The Orioles (69-51)
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By Cody Goodwin and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Orioles relief pitchers Darren O'Day and Zach Britton effectively made Wednesday night's 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels at Camden Yards a seven-inning game. Right-hander Kevin Gausman left the game after seven strong innings -- the first 4 2/3 of which were perfect -- allowing O'Day and Britton to handle the final six outs. They did so in workmanlike fashion. O'Day retired his three batters -- two by strikeout -- on just 16 pitches. Britton surrendered one hit in the ninth, but managed his 21st save of the season after another 16 pitches.
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