ATLANTA -- Left-hander Brian Matusz made a start Friday after a nose contusion forced the Orioles to push back his turn in the rotation from Wednesday. Matusz suffered the injury while taking batting practice Tuesday and fouled a bunt off his nose.
With the three-game Interleague series against the Braves being played under National League rules, Matusz and the rest of the Orioles' pitchers will have to bat throughout the weekend. Manager Buck Showalter said it is not something he is looking forward to.
"I can't imagine somebody was at home here in the Atlanta area trying to decide if they were coming out here tonight or not and said, 'Boy, I want to go see Brian Matusz hit tonight,'" Showalter said. "Unless they're a little bit of a masochist."
After Friday's 4-2 loss, the Orioles have played four Interleague road games this season. In those four games, Orioles pitchers are 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts. Matusz went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts Friday, but became the first Baltimore pitcher to not strikeout or sacrifice bunt this season when he grounded into a fielder's choice to end the second inning.