“It was nice to get out there and get the first one out of the way, kind of get in the rhythm again,” Matusz said. “It’s been a while since I’ve been a starter. It’s nice to work on the routine again and try and find that. Out there on the mound, working well with [catcher Matt] Wieters and the group, establishing the fastball. Threw some changeups, got a couple of groundballs out of it.”
Matusz, who shined in the bullpen late in last season but is competing for a starting rotation spot, allowed an infield single to Brett Gardner to open the game, then watched a blooper fall into right field off the bat of Jayson Nix.
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Matusz quickly retired the Yankees in the second inning on 11 pitches – seven of them strikes – to complete his outing. He threw 30 total pitches, 20 of them strikes. Matusz's fastball sat at 91-92 mph and topped at 93 multiple times.
“I thought I felt good from the get-go,” said Matusz, who said he was primarily working on his fastball and changeup. “Gardner, he’s a tough out. He puts the ball on the ground. You’ve got to be perfect. He’s so fast. Nix, a little bleeder. Those type of things happen. Nice to be able to bounce back and get good defense.”