Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz took the mound Monday night for his first start of this young season hoping he could begin to erase the images of his horrible 2011 season. He spoke of pitching with a clean slate, of April optimism and feeling stronger than ever after an offseason dedicated to his conditioning.

One of the spring's biggest stories was whether Matusz could rebound, and in Sarasota, Fla., at least, he did -- earning the No. 4 spot in the Orioles' rotation.

But the Orioles' 3-0 start to the season -- buoyed by a trio of sensational starting pitching performances -- quickly came crashing down to reality in a 6-2 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards in front of an announced 25,478. And after a promising spring, questions regarding Matusz quickly resurfaced.

Matusz lasted just four innings, throwing 96 pitches, chased from the game after a three-run fourth. It was the 10th consecutive loss for the 25-year-old left-hander, the longest active streak in the majors, dating back 10 months.