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Late night with Brian Matusz

The Orioles are just getting underway, with Brian Matusz taking the mound against the Padres at Petco Park, a familiar place for the rookie left-hander who played his college ball at the University of San Diego.

I'm a hunch player, and I like Matusz to pitch very well tonight, both because he's always capable of doing that and also because he's totally unfamiliar to the Padres. The only question is whether the Orioles can answer the verbal challenge of Nick Markakis and scratch out four or five runs for him. Of course, it would help if he doesn't go to a full count with the first two batters of every inning.

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While you're getting comfortable in front of the TV set, you can also take a look at my "News Item" column, which will be in the print edition tomorrow but can be found on the Baltimore Sun Web site right here.

Sun file photo by Karl Merton Ferron

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