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By DEAN JONES | October 12, 2008
Starting pitcher Brian Matusz, selected by the Orioles with the fourth overall pick in this year's draft, made his debut in the Arizona Fall League yesterday. The left-hander didn't allow any hits in three scoreless innings for the Surprise Rafters against the Mesa Solar Sox. Matusz walked one and had one strikeout. He threw 45 pitches (26 strikes). (For more, go to baltimoresun.com/osondeck)
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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 Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | September 15, 2009
Brian Matusz's first pro season has officially come to an end, stopping after the best start of his big league career. Orioles manager Dave Trembley, pitching coach Rick Kranitz and Andy MacPhail, club president of baseball operations, met with the 22-year-old left-hander Monday and informed him he had reached his innings maximum for 2009. Matusz, the club's top pick in last year's draft, threw 157 2/3 innings this season, including 44 2/3 in eight big league starts since his recall in August.
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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 Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2011
Brian Matusz walked into the home clubhouse at Camden Yards on Monday afternoon and smiled broadly when he overheard a conversation about the amateur draft that was set to begin in three hours. "I remember that day," Matusz said. With much of the night's focus on whom the Orioles would select with the fourth overall pick in this year's draft, the club's most recent first-round choice to make the big leagues pitched well enough to give his team a chance to win, but his performance did little to squelch persistent questions about his velocity.
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By Peter Schmuck | September 19, 2009
News item: : Orioles rookie Brian Matusz was shut down this week after delivering an impressive last performance of 2009 against the Yankees in New York. My take: : It was the right move for all the right reasons. Matusz went 16-4 with a 2.68 ERA at three organizational levels in his first professional season. Might want to save some of that for later. News item: : Rookie Matt Wieters drove in nine runs in the Orioles' four-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. My take: : That should quiet the Wieters-is-a-bust bunch for a while, but I'm even more impressed with the adjustments he has made behind the plate.
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By From Sun staff and news services | June 16, 2009
Left-handed starting pitcher Brian Matusz was transferred to Double-A Bowie on Monday and will make his Double-A debut Wednesday at 7:05 p.m., against Reading. Matusz, the Orioles' first selection in the 2008 draft, taken fourth overall, started the year in Frederick, going 4-2 with a 2.16 ERA in 11 starts for the Keys. He has thrown 66 2/3 innings and has not allowed a run in his past 23 innings. Rays: : Reliever Jason Isringhausen will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his surgically repaired right elbow.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | March 6, 2009
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -The Orioles are not going to be tempted to accelerate the development of top pitching prospect Brian Matusz, but that isn't going to stop him from showing them what they'll be missing at the major league level this year. Matusz pitched three scoreless innings of relief in yesterday's 5-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Florida Marlins at Fort Lauderdale Stadium, his third consecutive scoreless outing if you count his appearance against the Italian national team in the Orioles' first game of the spring.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | August 23, 2008
Brian Matusz put on his new Orioles cap, and it slid down around his ears. "I just got a haircut," joked Matusz, the Orioles' top pick in the 2008 draft who was introduced to the media at a news conference yesterday. The Orioles have some time to get his next Orioles hat custom-fitted, but they're hoping that when he returns, the left-hander from the University of San Diego is a mainstay in the club's rotation. "I never really set goals of where I want to be," said Matusz, 21, who agreed to a four-year major league contract that included a $3.2 million signing bonus.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | September 14, 2009
NEW YORK - -The Orioles are expected to decide on the status of Brian Matusz today and it appears that they are leaning toward shutting down the left-handed pitcher after the best start of his young career. Matusz, 22, allowed just one run over seven innings in the Orioles' 7-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday, pushing his innings total in his first professional season to 157 2/3, with 44 2/3 of those coming in the big leagues. "It's really just a function of the innings and what is best for the kid," Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2014
Orioles reliever Brian Matusz remembers laughing when he opened the piece of fan mail in Sarasota, Fla., last month. He immediately showed the contents of the manila envelope to Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells before informing manager Buck Showalter. "I'm like, Richie, can you believe this?' Then I told Buck about it," Matusz said recently, chuckling. "That's probably the most unusual, interesting item any fan has ever asked me to sign. I thought it was hilarious.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter has said since the beginning of the season that he wanted to get outfielder Steve Pearce a start. But with Nelson Cruz entrenched in the lineup and Delmon Young playing well, Pearce remained on the bench. At least until today. Cruz is getting a day off, and Pearce is in the lineup as the designated hitter. He'll be batting sixth. He's the last hitter on the 25-man roster to get a start. He was hitless in three at-bats over two games coming into Sunday.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was back in uniform Sunday morning and back on the mound later in the day. Matusz missed the first two games of the series against the Toronto Blue Jays with a virus that caused him to spend time in a local hospital Friday afternoon. He had to receive IV fluids and wasn't released until later that night. "I think that was just to get on IVs, and make sure everything was OK, and make sure that it wasn't a stomach problem," Matusz said. "It was more precautionary.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 13, 2014
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is available for today's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays after being bedridden the past two days with an illness that included a brief stay in a local hospital. Matusz said he first felt sick Friday morning, and that afternoon he went to a local hospital, where he received IV fluids and wasn't released until late at night. "I think that was just to get on IVs and make sure everything was OK and make sure that it wasn't a stomach problem,” Matusz said.
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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 | April 10, 2014
NEW YORK - Orioles third baseman Jonathan Schoop knows he will have his share of growing pains at the major league level, but as he struggled through the first five games of the season, one of his teammates noticed that something was amiss with the 22-year-old. Schoop, the club's top position player prospect, is an aggressive hitter at the plate. He jumps on mistakes and can send them into the seats. And that's why he's here in the majors -- because he showed that in spring training, when he hit .385 to earn one of the Orioles' final Opening Day roster spots.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,Sun reporter | August 16, 2008
For the second consecutive year, the Orioles negotiated with their top draft pick until the final day before eventually getting their man. Shortly after 3 p.m., the Orioles agreed to terms with University of San Diego left-hander Brian Matusz on a four-year, major league contract that included a $3.2 million bonus and will be worth, at the minimum, $3.47 million. Matusz, 21, the fourth overall pick in June's draft, immediately joins the Orioles' 40-man roster and shoots toward the top of their prospect list.
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | September 11, 2009
Left-hander Brian Matusz, the Orioles' top draft pick in 2008, has been named the organization's minor league Pitcher of the Year, and Brandon Waring, an offseason trade acquisition, is its position Player of the Year. They will be honored at Camden Yards in a ceremony before Wednesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays. Matusz will receive the Jim Palmer Award and Waring will get the Brooks Robinson Award. Jim Howard will be recognized with the Jim Russo Award, given to the organization's top scout.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
SARASOTA, FLA.  - When left-hander Brian Matusz arrived in the major leagues in 2009, his changeup was an essential part of his four-pitch arsenal. But as Matusz struggled as a starter before finding a home in the Orioles bullpen last season, he said lost his feel for the pitch. Even though Matusz served as the club's best left-handed reliever in 2013 - his first full season in the bullpen - the 27-year-old has made it clear that he wants to be a starter again. This offseason, Matusz realized that rediscovering his changeup would be vital to reaching that goal because it would help him get right-handed hitters out, which has been his main obstacle to earning a regular spot in the rotation.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2014
SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz threw five innings in a minor league game Tuesaday against the Minnesota Twins' Triple-A team at Ed Smith Stadium. Matusz, who pitched the entire season as a reliever last year, is continuing to be stretched out as if he were going to start. He threw 60 pitches Tuesday and mixed all four of his pitches in each inning. “I was able to get five ups, so I think that was the ultimate goal -- to continue to build, and I was able to get that work in,” Matusz said.
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