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March 5, 2009

Guthrie's WBC debut (updated)

Jeremy Guthrie made his first start for Team USA today, pitching 2 1/3 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies at Clearwater and giving up a run on two hits to get the decision in a 9-6 Team USA victory. He was not particularly sharp, also walking a pair of batters before giving way to Pirates pitcher John Grabow.

"I didn't feel nervous at all," Guthrie told Jeff Zrebiec in a quick phone conversation awhile ago. "But it's good to have that first one out of the way. It almost felt like Opening Day with the circumstances."

Guthrie said his next start for the U.S. team will come on Mar. 11 against an opponent that is yet to be determined.

Ex-Oriole update: Seattle Mariners pitcher Garrett Olson pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four batters against the Australian WBC entry yesterday, but he was not effective in his first two exhibition appearances, pitching two innings and giving up four earned runs.

Bonus ex-Oriole update: Going into today's games, Kevin Millar is 3 for 8 (.375) with a home run and four RBI in exhibition action with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 1:15 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Just baseball


Pete, I keep saying it...come August, when half the opening day roster is on the dl, we're going to miss Garrett Olson and Kevin Millar.

But how is the backstabbing ex-pitcher who got millions for 8 major league wins doing in his effort to switch to the outfield?

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