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Brian Matusz was removed from tonight's game with the Orioles trailing 6-1 and two runners on base. He gave up four runs in the first inning and one in the second before settling down to retire 10 straight batters, then left after allowing the first three batters to reach base in the top of the sixth.

Matusz's line: 5+ IP, 6 ER 8 H, 1 BB 4 K, 1 HR. He threw 94 pitches, 59 for strikes.

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Everybody gets hit around at some point, but Matusz had been so dependable through his first six starts, his performance over the past four has to be cause for some concern. He mixed in a strong start against the Cleveland Indians, but in the other three he threw 11 innings and gave up 19 earned runs on 25 hits.

I don't think there's any reason to panic, but you have to wonder what's going on when a guy gives up three runs or fewer in five of his first six starts, and gives up six or more in three of his last four.

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