If you looked solely at Brian Matusz's line in the Orioles' 8-4 loss to the Oakland Athletics last night - six earned runs on eight hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings - you'd conclude that the young lefty had another forgettable outing in his return to the big leagues.

However, the guys Matusz shares a clubhouse with would disagree with that conclusion.

"I saw a lot of positives," said catcher Matt Wieters. "I thought he was probably a few good changeups away from no runs given up in that game instead of what happened. His fastball had good life, and his breaking stuff was back to being sharp. There are still a lot of positives that he could take out of that game."

Orioles manager Buck Showalter agreed, saying, "I thought he deserved a lot better than what the line may read. You look at some of the hits that fell in on him. I thought he held his stuff well, too. He looked pretty strong physically which was good to see. He just seemed strong mentally and physically tonight. That was fun to watch. If he pitches more like that, he'll come out ahead in a lot of those games."

All-in-all, it was an uneven outing for Matusz, who was making his first big-league start since June 30.