In the days leading up to Brian Matusz's return to the big leagues, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked several times about what he was looking to see from the 24-year-old left-hander.
His answer didn't include mention of the stadium radar gun, mechanics or even command.
"I want to see what the A's say about it," Showalter said repeatedly.
Oakland Athletics hitters took some healthy swings off Matusz, though there were small signs of progress from the Orioles pitcher despite an 8-4 loss in front of an announced 12,325 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
"I saw a lot of positives," Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said. "I thought he...