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Lee may make debut Saturday; other post-game Showalter

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after Friday's game that first baseman Derrek Lee may make his spring Orioles debut on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Lee, who is dealing with a sore wrist, took batting practice Friday and said he felt good. If he feels fine when he comes to the park Saturday morning, Showalter said Lee will be in the lineup and should "get two to three at-bats."

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Brian Roberts (back) is improving but won't play Saturday. Monday's minor league game is a more realistic target. Catcher Craig Tatum will play in that Triple-A game Monday; he'll catch Jeremy Guthrie.

Here's Showalter on Brian Matusz's performance on Friday, in which he struck out eight and allowed six hits, one run and no walks in 4 2/3 innings – the longest outing in a big-league game this spring by an Oriole. Matusz threw 80 pitches, 54 for strikes.

"He was pretty effective. He had more of a downhill plane. He was pretty good. I'd like to see him get through the fifth inning. He had 80 pitches. He wasn't very pitch efficient," Showalter said. "I thought the command of his fastball is really what I'm looking for. 80 pitches in four and something, he's going to have to get better at that."

Here is Showalter on his disappointment with left fielder Luke Scott, who threw to the wrong base in the Minnesota Twins' two-run seventh and on his disappointment with Jake Fox, who grounded out to third with no outs and Scott on second in the seventh.

"The two things that cost us the ballgame is we had the throw to third base, cost us a run, and the bad at-bat with a man on second and nobody out. We can't have that. We should win that game, 3-2, and we lost it, 3-2. We can't have that during the season because it's going to turn around real quickly.

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