It didn't look like this was going to be a very good day for Brian Matusz, who gave up three runs in the first inning against the Texas Rangers, but he's got poise beyond his 22 years and he collected himself nicely. He got better as the game went on and didn't give up a hit after the third inning on the way to a solid seven-inning performance. He required only 93 pitches and allowed just six hits and one walk, which will cause some consternation if the bullpen gives it up, but everybody knows that the O's are going to handle Matusz with kid gloves. Very encouraging.
Meanwhile, Melvin Mora and Nolan Reimold manhandled Rangers starter Kevin Millwood as the Orioles came from 3-0 and 4-2 early deficits to take a lead into the ninth. Melvin, who struggled for much of the year, has 12 hits in his last 29 at bats (.414) and just got banged up making a terrific diving catch on a bunt attempt by Ian Kinsler int he eighth.