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Matusz strikes out 8 in 4 2/3 innings

Lefty Brian Matusz became the first Orioles pitcher to go more than four innings in a big-league spring training game, allowing six hits and one run while walking none and striking out eight Minnesota Twins in 4 2/3 innings.

He threw 80 pitches, 54 for strikes and was pulled after striking out the last batter he faced, Matt Tolbert. He now has 13 strikeouts in 12 1/3 innings this spring.

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Tolbert hit a solo homer in the third, an inning in which Matusz fanned the other three batters he faced.

Matusz left with two outs and a runner on second in the fifth. Reliever Alberto Castillo walked Justin Morneau and plunked Jeff Bailey to load the bases before striking out Luke Hughes to end the inning.

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It's 1-1 in the bottom of the fifth. Vladimir Guerrero had a RBI single in the fourth, scoring Nick Markakis, who had doubled.

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