For Orioles left-hander
Matusz, who earned the No. 4 rotation spot this spring, will make his season debut against the defending
The 25-year-old Matusz wants to put last year's disastrous season, when he was 1-9 with a 10.69 ERA and had two trips on the DL, behind him.
"It's a fresh season," Matusz said Sunday. "I don't even remember last year. I've totally cleared it out of my mind and my focus is starting with a clean slate here and to get off on a good start.
A successful spring – Matusz pitched to a 3.65 ERA in six
"It's definitely a special start," Matusz said. "It's been a long road this offseason, this spring to be able to fight back, to being able to make the team and then do that, pitching the way I know how to pitch. I'm excited to go out there and just pitch the game I love to play and just get back out there again."
His rotation predecessors, right-handers
"Watching Jake and Tommy both go out there and throw seven shutout innings, it's a pretty impressive start," Matusz said. "I'm excited for my start tomorrow."
Matusz's first five career starts against the Yankees were all quality starts, but he pitched to a 14.84 ERA in two 2011 starts against New York.