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The Matusz move & O's pitching news

A few more notes from Saturday’s pregame session with
manager Dave Trembley:

*Brian Matusz will pitch in a Minor League game on Monday,
with Alfredo Simon taking his spot against the Yankees. No real surprise here,
since the Orioles have tried to avoid running their starters out against
divisional foes. Kevin Millwood kicked off the Minors starts on Saturday and
the reasoning behind Jeremy Guthrie still throwing against the Blue Jays Sunday
is that he’s been in the AL East for a while now, so trying to “hide” Guthrie
isn’t really an option at this point.

*Trembley downplayed how important this start is Saturday for David
Hernandez.
While I blogged yesterday about the 5th rotation spot
basically being Tillman’s
, a strong showing by Hernandez against Boston’s regulars
would add some intrigue to the race. Especially given Tillman’s subpar outing
on Friday night, which included four walks.

*The backup catch job won’t be just handed to Chad Moeller.

“You’ll see [Craig] Tatum get a start, you’ll see Moeller
get a start,” Trembley said.  “You’ll see
that competition going down to the end, I believe.”

The Orioles like Tatum’s throwing arm, but Moeller carries
experience having been in the league -and particularly the AL East – for a
while. His locker is right next to Matt Wieters, which Andy MacPhail told me
earlier this spring is no coincidence. Much like Millwood, Moeller is expected
to help mentor and bring along the O’s promising young talent.

*Since snapping an 0-for-22 skid on Sunday, Nolan Reimold
has hit in four straight games. “Ty Cobb watch out,” Reimold joked of his
mini-streak.

In all seriousness, Reimold does appear to be running better
and Trembley said he talked to Nolan and told him he has to start showing that
he can run do certain things, such as play back-to-back games, steal a base,
etc. While he’s still not 100 percent, the Orioles can’t afford to baby him -and
essentially squander a roster spot – once the season starts.

Guthrie wasn't great & the numbers show it

 

 

Manager Dave Trembley had just
one word to describe Jeremy Guthrie’s performance on Thursday afternoon:
up.

“He pitched up,” Trembley
said.

And the Blue Jays sent it out. Guthrie
allowed three homers – two to Travis Snider – and lasted just three innings in
his fourth start this spring.

” I think the results speak
for themselves,” Guthrie said of the 75-pitch outing. “I pitched like
the numbers show.”

That would be seven runs (six earned)
on seven hits with three walks, a dismal outing that ballooned Guthrie’s ERA to
9.28.

“I wouldn’t know how to rate
it,” Guthrie said. “I am concerned. I want to get people out and I
haven’t gotten people out. So, I’d like to pitch better.”

On the heels of a dismal 2009 season,
Guthrie has made it no secret that he would like to return to the same pitcher
he was in ’07 and ’08. In those two seasons his ERA didn’t finish over 3.70
 and he allowed less than 25 homers. For comparisons sake,
Guthrie pitched his way to a 5.04 ERA last year, allowing 35 homers.

When asked to identify the problem with
Thursday’s outing, Guthrie said it was a little bit of everything.

“My pitches weren’t crisp and my
location wasn’t good,” he said.

“I can’t come up with anything
specific to address. I’m sure I will speak with [pitching coach Rick Kranitz to
check] if he sees something and then I bet we would. Coming out of this, I
don’t know necessarily mechanically if there is anything to address.”

Guthrie acknowledged that the biggest
obstacle following an outing like Thursday might be more mental than
mechanical.

” You’d like to be able to
maintain [focus], but I am human,” Guthrie said.  “So, when you
have a tough outing you have to really focus and work to get out of your head
and move forward with the next outing.”

Projected to be the team’s No. 2
starter, behind Kevin Millwood, Guthrie allowed five earned runs on eight hits
over 7 2/3 innings spread out over his previous three starts.

Guthrie bringing back the curve

Jeremy Guthrie exited the game after recording one out in the third inning of Sunday’s Red Sox game. The good news is he was able to get up and down a few times and it looked like he was mixing in all his pitches. He tossed 51 pitches, 29 for strikes, in his second spring outing to date.

Here’s his line: 2.1 IP, 3H, 1R, 2BB, 2K

This is what Guthrie had to say about his outing:

“I threw a lot of good pitches, I felt like that second inning the umpire was back and forth, it was a strike one time, it was a ball another time. Matt [Wieters] said two or three of those pitches called balls were strikes, including that first walk to that lefty [Tug Hulett].

But, I couldn’t be more pleased, I felt like I kept the ball down, I felt like it had good movement. Two of the biggest things I’m needing to be more consistent with. I did walk guys and fell behind guys, but overall I’m very very pleased with the way the fastball was coming out of the hand. Those are all big pluses for me.”

Guthrie said he is not throwing his slider on purpose, and will work it in after a few more outings. Right now he is focused on becoming more comfortable with using his curveball, a pitch he got away from last year.

“I’m trying to get to the point where I’m confident throwing any pitch in any count,” Guthrie said. “And that’s the intention of throwing the curveball, I threw it 1-0, I fell behind, 2-0 and [I} threw it 0-1. Counts I didn’t throw the curveball in very often last year, that I want to build a confident to be able to do that comfortably come the regular season.”

Orioles/Red Sox Lineups and Pregame Tidbits

Here are the lineups and pregame tidbits for Sunday’s 1:05 pm ET game vs. the Red Sox. NESN and MASN are here, so most of you should be able to catch a glimpse of your first Spring action. In weather-related news, it’s supposed to be 69 here. Yay!

ORIOLES LINEUP

Adam Jones CF
Ty Wigginton DH
Nick Markakis RF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Matt Wieters C
Luke Scott LF
Garrett Atkins 1B
Miguel Abreu 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

SP Jeremy Guthrie
Also expected to pitch: Mark
Hendrickson, Kam Mickolio, David Hernandez and Will Ohman.

RED SOX LINEUP

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
JD Drew RF
Victor Martinex C
David Ortiz DH
Jeremy Hermida LF
Jed Lowrie 3B
Tug Hulett
2B
Yamaico Navarro SS
Aaron Bates 1B

SP Clay Buchholz

Some tidbits…

*Justin Turner had a nice little shiner going on underneath his bandaged left foot. He was struck during Saturday’s night batting practice by a ball hit by Garrett Atkins. Turner said today he might be ready to play again on Monday. Turning joked that the timing was unfortunate, given that he had homered in Friday’s game. “Just when I was starting to get hot with all four of my spring at-bats,” he said.

*Cesar Izturis
is in today’s lineup and said he’s feeling much better. He had a sore throat and was a late scratch from Friday’s game as well.

*Infielder Ryan Adams was summoned from the minor league
camp and was in the clubhouse this morning. With Turner out and Brian Roberts still slowed with a herniated disc in his lower back, Adams is here to provide some middle infield depth. At, Class-A Frederick last season, he hit 288 with two homers and 25 RBIs in 59 games, and will wear No. 96 for the Orioles.


Trembley on everyone not named Bell.

On Jeremy Guthrie’s two-inning scoreless debut:

“He did [keep the ball down], threw a couple good change-ups back to back. Pitched down, his delivery was clean. Nice start for Jeremy. Very nice start.”

On what stood out in the first game:

“What I liked today was the lefty against lefty matchups. Nicky [Markakis]. Hughes, Moore. That was a good, real good. Nicky looked like he was in midseason form.

Trembley has previously said he was impressed with infielder Rhyne Hughes’ power, which is partially why the team is trying to get Hughes reps in at various positions. Hughes homered twice, along with Josh Bell.

“It’s a very nice way to start,” Trembley said of the team’s 12-2 win over the Rays. “Guys have worked real hard for a solid 10 days. Today is a good day for the team because you could spread it around. Obviously, the guys who had some great individual performances deserve a lot of accolades, but the team deserves credit.”

“It’s a good day for the team, it’s a good day for the Orioles. It’s awfully nice for Sarasota. And I won’t kid anybody, it’s a nice way to get it started. You think about it all winter and you can’t wait to get it started.”

In case you missed it Brian Matusz takes the hill for Thursday’s game in Port Charlotte.  

Around the horn

It rained all night, although the sun is coming through now, so the Orioles workout could be limited depending on field conditions.

Manager Dave Trembley might limit what kind of work gets done today, in preparation for Jeremy Guthrie’s start against the Rays right here at Ed Smith Stadium tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the Orioles will face James Shields, with starter Matt Garza also expected to throw.

Brian Matusz will make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday against Rays right-hander Jeff Niemann.

The clubhouse was pretty quiet this morning which was to be expected. Not only is it the last day of practice before the games, but most of the team went to a party thrown for them by ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale, who lives in nearby Bradenton.

Stay tuned for updates. 

Shields, Guthrie to face off

Jeremy Guthrie 
is tabbed to start Wednesday’s game
against the Rays and said he was informed of the decision about a week ago.

Tampa Bay will send RHP James Shields to the mound on March 3 (with starter Matt Garza also expected to throw) and Jeff Niemann will get the start on the 4th.

Trembley said last week that the team will use a mix of younger guys and veterans and try to stick with each pitchers’ individual schedule.

“Some
of the guys you will see pitch on the 1st will probably be ready to
pitch on the 6th,” Trembley said. “And there is some consideration early
here in camp that we may not want some of the guys to pitch against
division opponents if we can possibly avoid it.”

The Orioles have an intrasquad game on Monday– I
blogged the pitching lineups
for both teams yesterday– that will go seven innings and feature 14 different hurlers.

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