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07/09/10 1:31 AM ET

Matusz rides momentum into start vs. Feldman

For two months, Brian Matusz went winless. The Orioles' starter couldn't catch a break during that span, shifting between solid quality outings and disappointing starts.

Against the Red Sox last Sunday, however, the Baltimore righty finally snapped the streak with a gem, hurling seven scoreless innings while fanning eight batters to capture his first win since April 18.

"If I was going out there every time thinking about how many starts it has been since I got a win, then you are starting the game digging yourself out of a hole," Matusz said. "It is important for me to realize that the record doesn't matter, every game should be played as if it is important without a record attached to it."

That means his 3-9 record doesn't appear to disturb him much. Ironically, Matusz, who has a 4.56 ERA, once owned a winning record this year, clinching victories in two of his first three starts.

And he's aiming to climb back as he pursues his second consecutive victory Friday against the Rangers.

But it'll certainly be a challenge for the rookie. When he faced Texas in early May, Matusz struggled mightily, suffering his worst loss of the season as he surrendered eight hits and seven runs over 2 1/3 innings.

"It was one of those nights my stuff was flat," Matusz said. "I wasn't able to get on top of the ball. I was out of my element early. I wasn't getting good downward action or movement, and my changeup wasn't down."

Texas starter Scott Feldman had similar problems in his previous outing, when he gave up five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits Sunday against the White Sox. In his past 10 outings, the right-hander has compiled a 5.32 ERA.

Orioles: Simon taking Samuel's advice
Baltimore interim manager Juan Samuel isn't completely satisfied with Alfredo Simon's performance as closer recently. He suffered his second blown save in 12 chances Tuesday, and Samuel is hoping Simon will be more assertive in upcoming appearances.

"There's no doubt, to me he just needs to throw his fastball more," Samuel said. "At times he throws the splitfinger too much, and hitters start sitting on it. He throws hard enough where he can challenge guys with his fastball and throw the splitfinger later."

Simon likely impressed his skipper with a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in the Orioles' 6-4 comeback win on Thursday.

Rangers: Harrison to start on Saturday
Manager Ron Washington has made a decision, tabbing Matt Harrison as the team's starting pitcher Saturday.

Harrison is 1-1 with a 5.29 ERA in six starts for the Rangers this season, while posting a 2.76 ERA in seven relief appearance. He appeared for Triple-A Oklahoma City Monday and surrendered three runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings.

"We know what Harrison can do," Washington said. "We sent him down [to Triple-A] to get stretched out, and this is an opportunity for him to start a game."

Worth noting
Texas reliever C.J. Wilson is encouraged about the recent trade rumors that Seattle ace Cliff Lee may join the team.

"Everybody is excited about it," Wilson said. "If we can improve, we're taking a good team and getting better. Obviously, his track record speaks for itself, and his experience speaks for itself."

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