Orioles' lineup, Matusz's bullpen, Buck's pre-game session

Highlights from Buck Showalter's pre-game media briefing:

Brian Matusz (intercostal strain) threw from the mound today. He threw 35 pitches -- fastballs, and a few changeups and a curveballs -- without pain and is excited to face live hitters.


"Felt really good. No pain at all," Matusz said. "Felt like I got stronger as I kept going. Once the bullpen was done, I was kind of like, I feel loose now. I'm ready to do more. Which is a good sign."

Showalter said he would discuss Matusz's next step at some point Thursday with pitching coach Mark Connor, president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail and head athletic trainer Richie Bancells.

Matusz is expected to head back to Sarasota, Fla., and pitch at least one game in extended spring training. He will make at least three rehab starts total before being activated. We may get more official word later today.

Showalter said he also expects to map out a plan for right-hander Chris Jakubauskas (groin strain) today.

According to Showalter, shortstop J.J. Hardy (oblique strain) took 15 dry swings; 25 off the tee with no problems, which is something he hasn't done; threw from 120 feet; and ran sprints.

He is expected to hit soft toss and take grounders Friday in Sarasota.

Right-hander Justin Duchscherer (hip, back) is expected to throw live batting practice Saturday. He has pitched several times from a mound, Showalter said.

Here are today's lineups:

Orioles: Roberts 4, Markakis 9, Lee 3, Guerrero DH, Jones 8, Wieters 2, Reynolds 5, Fox 7, Andino 6. Bergesen 1.

Red Sox: Ellsbury 8, Pedroia 4, Gonzalez 3, Youkilis 5, Ortiz DH, Drew 9, Saltalamacchia 2, Crawford 7, Scutaro 6. Lester 1.