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Brian Matusz has been talking all year about how he's not going to let himself get frustrated, that he is going to keep working to get over this season-long funk.

He delivered the same message Monday, perhaps in a more subdued, reflective manner, after allowing six runs in 1 2/3 innings in a 18-9 loss to the Boston Red Sox.

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"It's tough going out there, especially when the offense jumps out to a nice start and provides some run support," Matusz said. "It's frustrating to be able to go out there and not hold the opponent. It's tough, but I'm just going to keep building, keep working. That's all I can do."

Matusz drew the criticism of some in the organization for not being prepared physically and mentally heading into this spring, and it affected his season. He was hurt – and then ineffective. After 11 starts this year, Matusz is 1-8 with a 10.68 ERA.

He hadn't pitched since Sept. 5, instead working with pitching coach Rick Adair to try and fix his flaws, specifically what is making his breaking pitches flatten out. He'll go back to the video room Tuesday.

"Just be able to go through film with Rick Adair tomorrow and be able to make the adjustments in the mechanics where [I was] a little bit off, where my ball was flat today," he said. "Have to be able to make an adjustment to where I can get depth on all my pitches."

Now, Orioles manager Buck Showalter is praising Matusz's work ethic, giving him credit for trying to turn things around.

"This is the first time the guy's had any failure in the pitching department since probably his Little League days. It's something he's going to fight through and he will be better in the long run," Showalter said. "We know the ability is there, and it's a matter of getting over some other hurdles that for the first time have challenged him. I like the way he's trying to fight through it. He's not giving in, and I'm proud of him for that."

Asked whether Matusz still has confidence that he'll return to the form he exhibited at the end of last year when he was 6-0 with a 1.57 ERA in his final eight starts, Matusz doesn't waver.

"It will come around, it will happen. It's a matter of just keep working. I know I have the stuff to be able to do it. It's a matter of finding those weaknesses and finding the points that I need to be able to fix and correct it."

Showalter thinks this will be a big offseason for Matusz, for him to regroup and come back focused in 2012.

"He will get home for two or three weeks and kind of settle in [after the season ends]. And he'll think about things, and, if I know Brian, he's going to come back really fighting."

It'd be a real surprise if Matusz started again this year, but even after Monday night's pummeling, he still wants another shot in 2011.

"I'd love to be able to get back out there," he said. "I've been working hard, making a lot of adjustments. A lot of things I feel like I am getting right, I'm just a little bit off. I'd love to be able to get out there, keep working the next few days and be able to get out there again."

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