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The Lone Star state

The Orioles are coming off a 6-2 4-4 homestand (see what I did there?) and will have a quick two-game set in Texas starting tonight with Jeremy Guthrie on the hill. He will be opposed by Rangers starter Rich Harden who is coming off a start aganst the Royals Saturday night. Harden went five innings giving up two earned runs on six hits while walking two and striking out three in the no-decision.

Tonight is the kind of game the Orioles can win if they can figure out Harden (the only regular who has faced him more than a handle of times is Miguel Tejada, who is hitting .250 in 12 career ABs).

Unfortunately, the two night games in Texas makes for tricky travel plans, and MLB opted for me to instead be ready for IL play in D.C. on Friday. But all your Orioles news will still be on Orioles.com and I’ve informed the highly-capable Todd Wills of the standards we have with here with the O’s. (Hey last-place teams, don’t deserve last place coverage- right?)

Some quick things to look for before I try to get my apartment in order: I would imagine Garrett Atkins would get the start in at least one, if not both, of these games. I grilled Trembley a bit on it yesterday and he made it clear that until there’s another feasible option, Atkins is the option. I still think Luke Scott’s hot bat sees time over there this weekend. They could also move Ty Wigginton over and put Julio Lugo at second base, which is what would have happenend when Lugo pinch-ran on Monday had the O’s tied the game.

Trembley mentioned a roster move coming for Friday’s game, which will probably spell the end for Alberto Castillo. Who comes up? A position player. Possibly Michael Aubrey, who is heating up. And he just so happens to play first base.

Finally, if you missed it, I wrote that the O’s won one for Kevin Millwood last night. He’s far too classy of a game to come out and say it, but seriously…are they ever going to get this guy a W?

  

 

  

Clearing up Guthrie

BALTIMORE — Orioles manager Dave Trembley isn’t worried about starter Jeremy Guthrie’s poor performance on Wednesday night having any ill effects on the rest of his season.   

Guthrie allowed a season-high seven runs (six earned) over a season-low 4 2/3 innings and said he was “embarrassed” by the outing in his postgame remarks, apologizing to teammates and fans on hand for the Orioles’ 8-3 loss to the Yankees.  

On Thursday afternoon, the nameplate above Guthrie’s locker was gone as were most of his belongings, besides a few jerseys.  Asked if he needed to remove some of the clutter, the right-hander agreed that was part of it.

“I think he really wanted to get one under his belt [Wednesday] night against the Yankees,” Trembley said of Guthrie prior to Thursday’s series finale.  “It didn’t happen for him, and I think he was disappointed. He felt responsible for it, and I told him today that he shouldn’t feel that way. He’s a guy with a lot of pride. He works real hard. I think he expects himself to be perfect all of the time. When he’s not, he takes responsibility for that and it bothers him.”

Trembley said he was on hand to film a MASN commercial earlier this season and saw Guthrie getting his running in despite a torrential downpour.

“The guy just prepares himself. He works, he cares,” Trembley said. “He’s coming off a season that wasn’t up to his standards.”

Guthrie (0-3) is winless in five starts this year, but has improved his numbers considerably from last season. He had tossed four straight quality starts prior to Wednesday and -most importantly – limited opponents to just two homers. Robinson Cano tagged Guthrie for his third long ball of the season Wednesday.  Guthrie led the American League in losses (17) and home runs allowed last season (35) and has made a conscious effort to revert back to his ’08 and ’07 self.

“Let me start by saying I’m embarrassed by the way the game started, I was embarrassed by the way the game finished,” Guthrie said following Wednesday’s loss in front of a crowd of 17,248 at Camden Yards.  

“I’m apologetic to fans who pay to come and watch the Orioles and watch us lose, in this case, because of me. I’m apologetic to teammates for the inability to help them win a game in four starts. I’m apologetic to Jorge [Posada] if he is to miss any time for yanking a pitch and hitting him.”
 
Also, my colleague at Yankees.com Bryan Hoch tells me Posada’s plunking was still a topic of pregame discussion for Joe Girardi.  Girardi had some words about Guthrie’s inability to command the inside pitch following last night’s game. Since the start of 2008, Guthrie has hit 17 batters, nine have been Yankees.  And that’s not including the pitch that Guthrie hit Mark Teixeira with in Spring Training.   

Girardi "frustrated" with Guthrie

This will be in tonight’s game story as well, but wanted to make sure it didn’t get bypassed. Yankees manager Joe Girardi was not happy about Jeremy Guthrie hitting Jorge Posada in the right knee in the second innings of Wednesday’s game. Guthrie also hit Mark Teixeira in the right elbow in a Spring Training game on March 29, and combined with Posada’s plunking, it was enough to prompt some choice words.

“I really don’t think you’re trying to lead off an inning by hitting a guy. I don’t think he’s doing it on purpose, but he hits a lot of people. It’s frustrating for us,” Girardi said. We know he’s going to pitch inside and I don’t have a problem with pitching inside. But what do you expect, me to be happy our guys are getting plunked? I’m frustrated by it. I wish he had better command. “

“I like our guys to pitch inside, but when our guys are getting plunked, I’m not going to be happy about it. We don’t have Posada probably (Thursday), and we missed Tex for a few days in Spring Training. If it was during the season, we would have lost Tex for three or four days. I’m not criticizing Jeremy Guthrie, I’m just saying I’m frustrated by it.”

Posada told reporters he didn’t think it was a DL scenario and Guthrie apologized for the pitch, which was unintentional.

“I’m apologetic for the fact that if he were to miss some time, that would be a shame that it was a pitch that got away from me that had that result,” Guthrie said. “But ultimately, I’m going out there and trying to compete. I don’t ever want to give up free baserunners because I can’t afford those as we’ve seen throughout my career.”

Hughes' debut & other tidbits

Welcome to Fenway Park Day 2, where Brian Matusz will take the hill opposite John Lackey.

*Matusz has never faced the Red Sox and wanted to get a feel of what pitching at Fenway Park was like. So, he and Jeremy Guthrie used Thursday’s off day to go to the Red Sox game vs. the Texas Rangers. Dave Trembley said it best : he’s just a special kid.

*Tonight’s game will also be Rhyne Hughes’ Major League debut. Hughes got the nod last night and didn’t know he was in the starting lineup until he walked in to the visiting clubhouse around 4:30 p.m. ET.  The news broke thanks in part to his younger brother, Hoyt, who announced it on Rhyne’s Facebook fan page. 

*Hughes is playing first base tonight in place of Garrett Atkins, who has struggled as of late and twice left the bases loaded in Friday’s loss. Atkins said he’s not taking Hughes’ presence as anything other than a hot bat and a team who needs some offense. But it will be interesting to see what happens if Hughes starts to hit. Trembley said he will not consider Hughes in the outfield (he started to take reps out there at the team’s request this spring) so the only choice besides designated hitter is Hughes’ primary position at first base.

*Koji Uehara threw an inning today and will go to Double-A Bowie on a rehab assignment starting April 27. He will also throw on the 29th and there are no plans beyond that right now.


ORIOLES LINEUP
LOU MONTANEZ LF
ADAM JONES CF
NICK MARKAKIS RF
MIGUEL TEJADA 3B
MATT WIETERS C
LUKE SCOTT DH
TY WIGGINTON 2B
RHYNE HUGHES 1B
CESAR IZTURIS SS

BRIAN MATUSZ SP

RED SOX LINEUP
MARCO SCUTARO SS
DUSTIN PEDROIA 2B
VICTOR MARTINEZ DH
KEVIN YOUKILIS 1B
MIKE LOWELL 3B
JASON VARITEK C
BILL HALL RF
JEREMY HERMIDA LF
DARNELL MCDONALD CF

JOHN LACKEY SP

Guthrie and all things starters

Lost in the shuffle of Wednesday’s loss was starter Jeremy Guthrie, who outpitched Red Sox starter Jon Lester despite the no-decision.

“I felt like I had pretty good command of my pitches, especially the change up,” said Guthrie, who battled through a 104-pitch outing to turn in his fourth straight quality outing.

To his credit the only hard hit ball was David Ortiz’s homer. The Sox had three infield hits and blooper otherwise and Guthrie continued his streak this season of not allowing a first-inning run.

The right-hander yielded three runs on six hits, and his ERA is 3.46. Still, Guthrie is searching for his first win of the season. He has posted quality starts in 9 of his last 13 outings, dating back to last year, but is just 3-7 over that stretch.

He deserved a win Wednesday night. Then again, given Baltimore’s offense -which lowered its runners in scoring position average to .150 this season – don’t all the Orioles starters deserve better?

So far, starting pitching has been a bright spot in a glum 2-15 start. And considering the Orioles just kicked off a 12-game stretch against the Yankees and the Red Sox, the next few weeks will be a true barometer of where the rotation is.

“Anytime you are facing the caliber of those lineups, those hitters, it’s obviously going to test you,” pitching coach Rick Kranitz said. “You are going to have to step up and get it done, that’s just the bottom line. They are no different than us, we make pitches we execute pitches, we get them out. That’s the bottom line.”

Will it ever go the O's way?

“This
can’t continue the whole year,” Nolan Reimold said following the Orioles’ 15th
loss Friday night. “That would be a pretty frustrating year. We’re going to
keep battling and things will turn around eventually.”

They
have to…right? At least that’s what the Orioles have to be thinking after that
4-3 series-opening loss to the Red Sox.

 “If
you look back and you get [Jon] Lester out in the sixth and Jonsie hits the
home run [in the seventh] you had to think we were going to come around and
win,” Ty Wigginton said. “It just didn’t happen.”

If
you had told me Jeremy Guthrie was going to outpitch Jon Lester, I probably
wouldn’t have believed you. But that’s exactly what Guthrie did, allowing David
Ortiz’s second homer as the only hard hit ball by the Red Sox in his six
innings. Lester managed to keep the O’s scoreless (not exactly a hard feat
lately) despite four walks and a hit batter in 5 2/3 innings. He’s undefeated in
13 career starts against the Orioles, going 10-0 with a 2.22 ERA in that
stretch.

“We
got [Lester's] pitch count way up, I thought we had a good plan going in,”
manager Dave Trembley said.  “We didn’t
chase a lot of pitches out of the strike zone, we made him come in. But we
couldn’t bunch hits together.”

More
specifically, Garrett Atkins couldn’t. He stranded four runners in scoring
position with two outs and went 0-for-4 on the night, including three
inning-ending outs. Atkins was one of the few Orioles unavailable for post-game
comment, (he was in the training room) but -to be fair – the team did strand 12
runners total so he can’t shoulder all the blame.

“I
think you are starting to see signs [of the offense returning],” Wigginton
said. “Jones hits a big home run. Nick makes an aggressive play, trying to go
for second off the wall [in the ninth]. Sometimes you got to tip your hat.”

Jones’ two-run homer snapped an 0-for-16 blast. Meanwhile, Markakis had two hits to raise his average to .270 and continues to show signs of coming back.

More to Pie plunking?

 TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees manager Joe Girardi was clear in
Friday’s postgame talk with reporters that this is the time of year you don’t
want to see guys getting hit.

Unfortunately, it’s become a common occurrence for the
Yankees and Orioles this spring, with Felix Pie’s plunking from Mariano Rivera
Friday afternoon becoming the latest incident between the two clubs.

Pie exited with two outs in the sixth inning after Rivera’s
cutter struck him above the right ankle. The pitch was believed to be
unintentional but, according to Girardi, Rivera heard some off-color comments
from the Orioles dugout as he circled the mound.

“It might have been a response to my frustration the
other day,” Girardi said, alluding to the pitch Jeremy Guthrie hit Mark
Teixeira with during Monday’s  11-7
Yankees win.  

With the bases loaded in the second inning at Ed Smith
Stadium, Guthrie plunked Teixeira on the right elbow with a two-seam fastball.
Teixeira appeared to turn into the pitch as it crossed the plate, being struck
directly on the bone. He was kept out of the lineup Tuesday and Wednesday,
before returning to action Thursday.

Teixeira was also not the only Yankees player to be hit by a
pitch on Monday. Later in the game, Guthrie plunked Francisco Cervelli on the
left hand, prompting an angry outburst from Girardi.

“If you’re having a hard time commanding your fastball
inside, I don’t think it’s the time to be working on it,” Girardi said.
“They might disagree, but this is too valuable a time for guys on their
side, guys on our side. He was struggling with his command [Monday], and I
don’t want to see any of our guys get hurt.”

On Friday, the Yankees skipper came out to check on Rivera
following the pitch. Meanwhile, Pie was ruled to have a lower right leg
contusion and was helped off the field by some of the team’s training staff.
The injury is not expected to be serious, with manager Dave Trembley saying he
would be “very surprised” if the results are anything but negative.

Projected to be the team’s Opening Day left fielder, Pie
entered Friday’s game batting .343 with two homers and four RBIs. He went
0-for-2 in his first two at-bats Friday and was not available after the game
for comment.

Yankees 11, Orioles 7

Some postgame fodder from the
wind-aided homer happy night at Ed Smith Stadium…

*Nolan Reimold went 3-for-5 with two runs scored to raise his
average to .231. Pretty impressive considering a little over a week ago he was batting
triple zeroes
.
 

“He’s running considerably
better,” Trembley said of Reimold, who played all nine innings in the field, starting
in left and later shifting to right.  The
plan is to get him in the outfield in back-to-back games sometime this week,
which would be one of the final tests for Reimold’s heel. He’s been slowed by
offseason surgery on his left Achilles tendon.

*Brian Roberts had his first hit, a double that one-hopped to the
right field fence in the third inning. Trembley said his timing looked better
than it did Friday night, and from my vantage point Roberts just seemed more
comfortable up there. He also walked and struck out twice but saw more pitches
than in his first Spring Training game. 

Trembley said Roberts did some
conditioning after he came out of the game and wants to play again Tuesday
afternoon.  That would be his first
back-to-back games this spring and, assuming he comes out of that OK, a huge
boost for the O’s.

*Despite Jeremy
Guthrie’s struggles
, Trembley said he’s not worried about the right-hander.

“When he gives me real good
pitches, he gives me a lot to look forward to,” Trembley said of Guthrie. He
also thought Guthrie’s location was better than in previous outings.

Interesting given that Guthrie
hit two batters and walked four.

Jeremy's spoken

guthrie.jpg


I nabbed the blog title from fellow
beat writer Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. Way too good to pass up.

Anyways, we just talked to  Jeremy
Guthrie
who acknowledged that he was all over the zone tonight against the
Yankees. His final line included four walks and seven strikeouts, so by
definition you could call him effectively wild. At least, at times. He also
plunked two Yankees, Mark Teixeira and Francisco Cervelli, with Teixeira
exiting the game with a right elbow contusion.

Guthrie said pitching coach Rick
Kranitz asked him to amp it up a little bit on Friday night to make sure he was
ready to go for the season, and wasn’t quite sure if that’s what caused his
wildness.

Guthrie lowered his ERA slightly, from
7.47 to 7.40, but said his confidence is good following what is expected to be
his final spring tune up.

“The last two outings, I really feel
like the ball has been moving. And for me, if the ball is moving, I feel very
good about it,” Guthrie said.  “Now, I just got to get the location in the
zone more consistently and I think the results would be some quicker outs for
me. But to see that ball move the last two outings for me was good. I really
felt like last year, I had one or two starts where the ball moved. When the
ball doesn’t move, you feel like you have to have perfect location. When it’s
moving, you have more leeway.”

Walks aside, Guthrie said he only
wanted back one pitch, a belt-high fastball that Robinson Cano sent over the
fence for a three-run homer in the first inning.

“It didn’t have the bite that the other
ones had and he put a good swing on it, hit it hard,” Guthrie said of Cano’s
knock.  “I’m going to look at [the outing] pitch-by-pitch, but I feel like
I executed some good pitches.”

Still Guthrie’s effectiveness this
spring is cause for concern. He has allowed four or more earned runs in three
of his last four spring starts and hasn’t pitched more than five innings.

“The body is fine,” Guthrie said.
 “When the lights are on, I’ll go out there and I’d like to go out to 105
pitches. If I’m more efficient, that means six, seven innings instead of just
five. But I don’t think there is a concern that I haven’t been stretched past
five innings. If I’m at 85 pitches [April 7] in Tampa, I’m sure I’ll pitch the
seventh and it won’t matter how many innings I worked here.”

“[Friday night] was just building
to see if I can continue that movement that I had in Florida. It was the second
part of feeling comfortable with the fastball. I feel good where I’m at.”

Guthrie struggles, B-Rob breaks through

Jeremy Guthrie yielded a
three-run homer, four walks and hit Mark Teixeira with a pitch (causing him to
exit the game) all in the first two innings.  He also hit Francisco Cervelli in the right
arm to open the fourth. Guthrie exited after five, allowing five runs (four earned) on three hits with four walks and two hit batters. He struck out seven.

Brian Roberts connected for his
first hit this spring, sending a 1-1 pitch from Yankees starter Javier Vazquez to
the right field wall on a hop.  Starting
in just his second game, Roberts was 0-for-4 with four strikeouts prior to the
third-inning double. He’s been slowed this spring by a herniated disc in his
lower back and the hope is he can play back-to-back games Monday and Tuesday.

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