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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 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.”

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.