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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - With outings like this, Brian Matusz could regain a job in the Baltimore Orioles' starting rotation.

Matusz pitched four hitless innings, struck out six of his first seven batters and retired his first 11 before a walk in Wednesday night's 9-4 win over the Minnesota Twins.

"My mindset was to attack the zone with authority and come out there and just play the game and pitch," Matsuz said. "Just build enough confidence. Just keep building, building and stay strong all the way through."

Matusz had a 10.69 ERA in 2011, the highest in a season for a pitcher with at least 10 starts. He was 5-10 with a 5.42 ERA in 16 starts last year, then was sent to the minors on July 1 after losing his fifth straight outing.

Baltimore brought him back on Aug. 24, and he was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in 18 relief outings, holding opponents to a .114 batting average.

Chris Dickerson hit a solo home run in the third off Kevin Correia, who allowed two runs - one earned - and four hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Baltimore right fielder Nick Markakis returned to the team after an MRI in Baltimore showed he has a small herniated disk in his neck and will be out about another week.

"I'm confident that I'm going to be OK," said Markakis, who hopes to be able to play in three-to-four consecutive exhibition games. "Whether I'm there opening day or not, it depends on how my body reacts and how I feel."

Minnesota's Justin Morneau went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts in his first game back after playing for Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

"He's one of the best hitters in the league for a reason," Matusz said. "He just keeps fighting. I felt like I was making good pitches. He was just putting good swings on it. That last pitch, I just said, I'm going to bury a slider here.' He's such a good hitter, he still put good wood on it. With those tough hitters, you've just got to bear down and throw strikes."

Morneau said he benefited from playing in the WBC.

"It was something I'll never forget," he said.

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe remains out for at least several more days with a calf strain. Eduardo Escobar, who has just 59 games of big league experience, started at third and went 0 for 2.

"We've got all kinds of guys who can play third," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "It's just a matter of how much offense we'll get."

NOTES: Twins minor league RHP Deolis Guerra remains in Tampa in intensive care for a blood clot in his pitching shoulder. He is expected to have surgery within a few days. "This was precautionary," Ryan said. "This is something that a lot of people have had. We've had four guys ourselves. A blood clot is certainly a serious situation. But I believe he'll be back in time." Ryan said he had no doubt Guerra would pitch again this season. ... Twins LHP Scott Diamond, who had offseason surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, remains slated to pitch in a game Monday.

 
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Players of the Game
Baltimore

Y. Navarro
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Minnesota

R. Olmedo
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alexi Casilla, 2B3010000 .308
    Russ Canzler, 1B2110000 .208
Ryan Flaherty, SS3000000 .231
    Steve Pearce, RF0001100 .429
Manny Machado, 3B3000001 .250
    Yamaico Navarro, 2B2112011 .263
Jason Pridie, LF3110000 .292
    L.J. Hoes, LF2011011 .389
Taylor Teagarden, C2000000 .222
    Chris Robinson, C2000102 .286
Travis Ishikawa, 1B3011000 .217
    Buck Britton, 3B1100001 .167
Danny Valencia, DH2100200 .208
Chris Dickerson, RF3111002 .300
    Niuman Romero, SS1111000 .364
Trayvon Robinson, CF3120002 .286
    Kyle Hudson, CF11110001.000
Totals36911842  
Batting
2B - Yamaico Navarro (2, Thielbar)
HR - Chris Dickerson (1, Correia)
SF - Steve Pearce (1)
RBI - Steve Pearce (11), Yamaico Navarro 2 (3), L.J. Hoes (2), Travis Ishikawa (2), Chris Dickerson (1), Niuman Romero (1), Kyle Hudson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Yamaico Navarro 2 (3), L.J. Hoes (2)
SB - Russ Canzler (1, 2nd base off Thielbar/Knudson), Jason Pridie (1, 2nd base off Gibson/Knudson), Kyle Hudson (1, 3rd base off Thielbar/Knudson)
CS - Trayvon Robinson (1, 2nd base by Fien/Doumit)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Ryan Flaherty (1, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brian Matusz 4000170 2.70
Troy Patton (H,2) 1210010 4.26
Tommy Hunter (H,3) 2000030 3.52
Todd Redmond (BS,1; W,1-0) 1333122 5.63
Chris Petrini 1000220 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 30-26, Troy Patton 8-8, Tommy Hunter 12-12, Todd Redmond 23-14, Chris Petrini 15-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 5-0, Troy Patton 2-1, Tommy Hunter 1-2, Todd Redmond 1-0
Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 13, Troy Patton 6, Tommy Hunter 6, Todd Redmond 7, Chris Petrini 5
Minnesota Twins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Aaron Hicks, CF3000022 .342
    Joe Benson, CF2110012 .135
Brian Dozier, 2B3000000 .206
    Ray Olmedo, 2B1112000 .400
Josh Willingham, LF1000110 .393
    Darin Mastroianni, LF1000110 .389
Justin Morneau, 1B3000021 .400
    Jeff Clement, 1B1000011 .214
Ryan Doumit, C2110010 .241
    Kyle Knudson, C2000011 .200
Chris Parmelee, RF2000021 .263
    Brandon Boggs, RF2000010 .162
Oswaldo Arcia, DH3010110 .300
Eduardo Escobar, 3B2000000 .344
    Mark Sobolewski, 3B2000011 .261
Pedro Florimon, SS2000002 .207
    James Beresford, SS1111100 .143
Totals33453415  
Batting
2B - Joe Benson (1, Redmond)
HR - Ray Olmedo (1, Redmond), James Beresford (1, Redmond)
RBI - Ray Olmedo 2 (7), James Beresford (1)
SB - Darin Mastroianni 2 (5, 2nd base off Redmond/C. Robinson, 3rd base off Redmond/C. Robinson)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Kevin Correia (2, Missed catch of throw)
Minnesota Twins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Correia 4.2421001 4.76
Casey Fien 1.1000000 4.26
Kyle Gibson 2211220 9.00
Josh Roenicke (BS,2; L,0-1) 0.2355200 8.22
Caleb Thielbar 0.1211000 12.46
WP - Josh Roenicke (1), Caleb Thielbar (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Correia 18-18, Casey Fien 4-3, Kyle Gibson 21-12, Josh Roenicke 13-5, Caleb Thielbar 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Correia 9-5, Casey Fien 2-1, Kyle Gibson 2-2, Josh Roenicke 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Correia 18, Casey Fien 3, Kyle Gibson 10, Josh Roenicke 7, Caleb Thielbar 3
Game Information
Attendance - 7635
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Brian O'Nora, Second Base - David Rackley, Third Base - Chad Whitson