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Matusz Named Best In League, Organization

August 7, 2009 - Eastern League (EL1)
Bowie Baysox News Release

BOWIE, Md. - Orioles left-handed starting pitcher Brian Matusz is Eastern League Player of the Month and the Orioles Pitcher of the Month for July. Matusz was also the Orioles Pitcher of the Month in June.

The Orioles first round draft pick in the 2008 First Year Player Draft made five starts for the Baysox in July, and won each of them. The starts included four scoreless outings and a one-run game. Matusz threw his first professional shutout July 2, against Southern Division leading Akron, holding the Aeros to four hits over 7.0 innings. He was even better in his next start, holding the Harrisburg Senators to one hit over 8.0 innings while striking out 11 on July 7. Matusz tallied a 1.85 ERA in July and struck out 30 batters while only walking six in 34.0 innings.

Matusz was recalled by Baltimore on Aug. 4, and made his major league debut that night in Detroit. He held the Tigers to one run over 5.0 innings to record his first major league victory. Between Frederick, Bowie and Baltimore, Matusz has won his last 10 decisions. He is scheduled to start for Baltimore on Sunday, Aug. 9, against Toronto's Roy Halladay.

The Baysox 17th season as the class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles is going strong! Check out to see all that's going on at the stadium this year, and don't miss a moment of the action as the Baysox attempt to bring home their first Eastern League championship. Individual game tickets and ticket packages are available now at or by calling the Baysox box office at (301) 464-4865.

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