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Orioles face Pirates for final time this spring today
Orioles face Pirates for final time this spring today

The Orioles make their third and final spring trip to Bradenton today to face the Pirates in a 1:05 p.m. start. Left-hander Brian Matusz will start for the Orioles. Pirates pitcher Jeff Karstens, scheduled to make his first spring start, has been scratched with lingering shoulder discomfort, so right-hander Chris Leroux will start for Pittsburgh. Matusz has pitched well in competing for the fifth rotation spot, compiling a 2.40 ERA in five spring appearances. Meanwhile, Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland will make his first spring start – all of his seven previous starts came out of the bullpen – on Monday against the Red Sox in a nationally televised game.   “It’s...

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