Before Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz took the mound at Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday, his catcher, Ronny Paulino, had a piece of advice:

"Let's have fun."

"So, OK, I went out there and had fun with it," said Matusz, who turned in his second consecutive scoreless spring outing, this time limiting the Detroit Tigers to two hits and a hit batsman in four innings. He struck out six and walked none in the Orioles' 4-2 loss.

"Oh, absolutely, had a great time out there today," Matusz said. "[We] have a great group of guys on this team, guys keeping it loose, having fun. Makes it a lot easier with the type of team we have."

Fun wasn't in abundance last year for the 25-year-old lefty, who went 1-9 and posted the worst ERA in major league history (10.69) for someone who made at least 10 big league starts.

But Matusz is preaching that this is a different year, and so far this spring, he looks like the same pitcher who excelled at the end of 2010 and not the one who struggled with injuries and ineffectiveness last season.

On Thursday, Matusz dominated a Tigers lineup that included all its big guns — five days after throwing four scoreless innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.