Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz said he is preparing himself mentally to start Wednesday¿s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he won¿t know for sure until he gets through the night with a swollen and bruised nose.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz, who is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, hit himself in the face with a bunted ball while participating in pitchers' hitting practice Tuesday while preparing for the upcoming interleague series in National League parks.
Orioles optioned infielder Steve Tolleson to Triple-A Norfolk and moved Nolan Reimold from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list Tuesday to make room for Brian Roberts on the 25-man and 40-man rosters.
The rain's coming down here at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the tarp is on the infield. We're not sure we're going to get tonight's series opener against the Pirates in, but there's still plenty of news coming from the Orioles clubhouse.
Well, maybe we'll find out today who is the real Jake Arrieta. The promising-but-inconsistent Orioles right-hander how shown us flashes of unbelievable brilliance and flashes of something else that nobody can explain.
After dropping the rubber match, 4-2, to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday afternoon before an announced crowd of 33,919, the Orioles (29-19) have now lost five of seven games as they embark on a tough road trip to Toronto, Tampa Bay and Boston.
With his six-year, $85.5 million contract extension official, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones sat between his two bosses — manager Buck Showalter and club executive vice president Dan Duquette — on Sunday and said Baltimore is where he belongs.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz said he "got chills" when the crowd at Oriole Park gave him a loud, standing ovation on his way off the field after a strong 6 1/3-inning performance against the Boston Red Sox.
Just more than 12 hours after completing last night's 15-inning win over the Royals, the Orioles are back here at Kauffman Stadium for a day-after-night game to complete this quirky two-game set in Kansas City.
For the Orioles, the best thing about Josh Hamilton's amazing four-homer performance on Tuesday night was the way it let everyone focus on something other than the sudden deterioration of the starting rotation.
Dana Eveland is likely to start for the Orioles on Friday. The left-hander would slide into Tommy Hunter's spot in the rotation. Also, Zach Phillips was called up from Triple-A Norfolk and Jason Berken was demoted.
By By Dan Connolly and Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun
Brian Matusz didn't make any excuses. He struggled through five innings and gave up seven earned runs to poke a big hole in all the optimism that was waiting for the Orioles when they returned from a wildly successful road trip through New York and Boston.
The Orioles began their current six-game road trip with many believing it would tell us a lot about what we need to know about the 2012 Birds. Baltimore's early-season success could be discounted by a favorable schedule early on, but road series in New York and Boston would be better indicators of the Orioles' staying power.
Guess we'll have to wait awhile to find out just how important Tuesday night's game was to the future of left-hander Brian Matusz, but I'm guessing everyone will look back on it as a huge turning point in his young career.
By the end of Tuesday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had reached the 1,000-win milestone, left-hander Brian Matusz had sidestepped club infamy and designated hitter Nick Johnson had finally exhaled.
Over the past three nights, the Orioles bullpen might have had its finest moments of this young season. Without closer Jim Johnson, who spent the last three nights hospitalized with flu-like symptoms and a bacterial infection, the other relievers sparkled in his absence.