News & notes Day 18 (updated twice)

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*Brian Matusz pitched well in his spring debut, allowing two hits over two scoreless innings (35 pitches, 18 strikes) to a lineup full of Red Sox regulars. He could get another start in before leaving for Philadelphia, with the winter storm up north causing the team to cancel his trip for Monday morning. Matusz has a wart (on the side of his middle finger on his throwing hand) that needs to be removed and was slated to go with catcher Michael Ohlman, who is also dealing with the same issue on his throwing hand. They’ll both go at some point, but there’s no definite date just yet.

*Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Carl, is here today in place of Henry Urrutia. Urrutia was shut down with a sore right shoulder that he said –through interpreter teammate Chris Marrero– first crept up when trying to make a throw to third base on Friday. Urrutia said he felt better on Sunday and wasn’t concerned that this would be a lingering issue.

“I think it was just something where I didn’t stretch it or warm my arm up,” said Urrutia, who hasn’t had this at any point before in his career. “Doesn’t hurt to swing.”

It was pretty cool to see Yastrzemski and his famed grandfather on the field prior to today’s game (see the photo above) and he got in the game as a pinch-runner in the sixth inning and moved to right field.

Yastrzemski walked and scored as part of a five-run ninth inning.

“I got to see him a couple times in Aberdeen last year. He’s a real fundamentally sound guy, can play all three [outfield spots]. Good defender. You can tell he’s pretty polished.”

He’s one of the guys that keeps surviving at a different level and the next thing you know they’re in the big leagues. He’s one of those guys, they say you can trust him.”

*Josh Hart, who delivered the Frank Robinson paper, also made an appearance in today’s game but did not get an at-bat. He served as a pinch runner in the ninth.

*Showalter thought pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez threw well despite his line –four runs on four hits and a walk– and he also got in Brock Huntzinger behind Matusz to see how the right-hander fared against some of the Sox regular right-handed hitters. Huntzinger threw a scoreless third.

*Delmon Young is “probably in as good shape as he’s been in for a long time”, said Showalter, who hasn’t ruled out Young making the club as a designated hitter option despite the signing of Nelson Cruz.

Asked if he’s had a talk with Young since Cruz arrived, Buck said: “He knows, sometimes i plant a seed through somebody else…he can still make the club he can still DH against left-handed pitching. nothing has changed there. Still looking for that guy. Nellie is going to play against left-handed pitching at least.”

*The “Two Minutes with…” series focused on lefty T.J. McFarland yesterday and you can read that here.

*As a reminder, the full game recap from yesterday –and all of the Orioles spring game stories– are up on Orioles.com along with additional coverage in my daily notebook. Nelson Cruz’s home debut and Steve Clevenger’s winter assignment were among the items up from yesterday.

*Zach Britton’s first start was encouraging to the Orioles, and you can read more on that –and the chances of Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar making the club– here.

ORIOLES LINEUP
Jemile Weeks 2B
Francisco Peguero RF
Delmon Young DH
Steve Pearce 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Steve Clevenger C
David DeJesus SS
Julio Borbon CF
Michael Almanzar 3B

Brian Matusz LHP

RED SOX LINEUP
Jonny Gomes LF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Wil Middlebrooks 3B
Cody Ross C
Jackie Bradley Jr.
Bryce Brentz RF

Felix Doubront LHP

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