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Orioles: Matusz goes first

Orioles top pitching prospect Brian Matusz pitched a scoreless first inning in the pre-exhibition game between the Orioles and the Italian national team. He jumped ahead on the first batter with two quick fastball strikes and then gave up a single on an offspeed 0-2 pitch.

He did not strike anybody out, getting the first out by picking the runner off first base, then coaching a bounce out to third and getting Orioles minor leaguer Mike Costanzo to fly out to medium-deep left field.

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Matusz looked comfortable and confident and showed good velocity. Troy Patton will take over in the second inning.

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