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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 | 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 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 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 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 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 | 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 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 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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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
The Orioles didn't make a blockbuster deal before Thursday's nonwaiver trade deadline like some other American League contenders, but they picked up one of the fiercest left-handed relievers in the major leagues to further fortify a stout bullpen. With about an hour to spare before the deadline expired, the Orioles acquired 29-year-old left-hander Andrew Miller from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor league left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. Miller, a free agent at the end of this season, is expected to be in uniform Friday and available to pitch out of the bullpen against the Seattle Mariners.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
He's only 22, but Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said his memory's a little fuzzy. He doesn't think he has ever hit a walk-off home run before, not as an amateur and probably not as a minor leaguer. He knows for sure he had never hit one in the major leagues until the 12th inning Tuesday night, when he launched a hanging breaking ball from Los Angeles Angels right-hander Cory Rasmus into the left-field seats to give the Orioles a 7-6 victory at Camden Yards. As Rasmus (2-1)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
As the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches Thursday at 4 p.m., the Orioles are focused on acquiring a mid-level starter and a left-handed reliever, as well as a potential upgrade offensively at either second base or catcher. The club has talked to several teams about acquiring a versatile left-hander who could push Brian Matusz into more of a lefty specialist role. Left-handers are hitting .233 against Matusz, while right-handers are batting .308 versus him. Adding another left-handed reliever would make the Orioles' stout bullpen even stronger.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Starting with today's series opener against the Texas Rangers, the Orioles will play 14 games in as many days until the All-Star break. And their biggest challenge might be how to assemble a roster that keeps them competitive on a nightly basis. The result of third baseman Manny Machado's suspension appeal still looms. He had his appeal hearing at the Warehouse on Wednesday, and the club is waiting to hear whether the five-game suspension will be reduced. An announcement is expected over the next 48 hours.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
If Brian Matusz had won the matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays' James Loney in the sixth inning, the rest of the Orioles' game Sunday afternoon could have looked a lot different. But Loney hit a double, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to stay with the left-hander instead of inserting right-hander Ryan Webb and further depleting a bullpen worn thin by Friday's doubleheader and a short outing Sunday by starter Miguel Gonzalez. Matusz, who was brought in to face the left-handed Loney with two outs in the sixth, went on to give up another double and a two-run home run as part of a decisive seven-run inning, and the Orioles set a new season-high in runs allowed in a 12-7 loss to the Rays in front of an announced 32,665 in the series finale at Camden Yards.
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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 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 | June 29, 2014
The Orioles bullpen went into the sixth inning of Sunday afternoon's game against the Tampa Bay Rays having allowed just one run over its past 30 innings. But a struggling Tampa Bay Rays offense came to life with a seven-run sixth inning -- all of the runs coming against the Orioles bullpen -- as 11 batters went to the plate. Six of the runs were scored with two outs in the inning off relievers Evan Meek and Brian Matusz. The Orioles entered the inning leading, 4-3, but No. 9 hitter Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo homer to right field off Meek with one out to tie the game.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
After an extra-innings doubleheader that went until almost 1 a.m, coffeemakers around the city are probably deep into their second pot this morning. While you're waiting for the first few cups to kick in, here's a summary of the morning's local sports headlines from blogger Jon Meoli. Worth the wait - The Orioles had what amounted to an early All-Star break with a scheduled off-day and two postponements, but more than made up for the lack of action in yesterday's doubleheader . Four pitchers - Ryan Webb, Darren O'Day, Brian Matusz, and Tommy Hunter - pulled double-duty in relief, and after the game, the Orioles optioned Evan Meek to Triple-A Norfolk to make room for some bullpen reinforcements.
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