This was only Brian Matusz's second Grapefruit League outing of the spring, but the results had to have Orioles fans optimistic.
Matusz, trying to rebound from a poor 2011 season, threw four scoreless innings in a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field on Saturday.
Matusz, whose velocity dropped into the mid-80s last season, had radar guns behind home plate consistently showing him in the 90-91 mph range, and his fastball peaked at 94 in the fourth inning.
"It felt like it was coming out good," Matusz said. I wasn't sure exactly how hard it [was], but it felt like it was coming out effortlessly, nice explosion."
He allowed just three hits, striking out four and walking none while mixing in curveballs and changeups against a Phillies lineup that included at least five starters. His best effort might have come in his last inning, when struck out Jim Thome and Hunter Pence swinging after allowing a one-out double to Shane Victorino.
"That's a tough lineup, especially at home in Clearwater," Matusz said. "It felt nice to be able to go out there against a top-notch lineup and be able to attack the zone like that."
Catcher Matt Wieters said Matusz is showing he's "a different guy from last year."
Matusz throws four scoreless innings
Baltimore Sun | Mar 11