Guthrie Sees Positive Side In Less-Than-Perfect Outing

By Marc Carig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, March 3, 2008

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 2 -- Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie allowed three runs in two innings during Sunday's 11-10 victory over the Washington Nationals -- a performance he wished had been better -- though the pitcher took solace in his ability to hit spots and use all of his pitches.

"It felt good," said Guthrie, the last of four pitchers penciled into the starting rotation to make his exhibition debut. "It was not the result I would have liked but I felt good enough to have the result. It just didn't work out."

Guthrie emerged into a reliable starter last season after beginning the year hoping for a spot in the bullpen. But this season, he entered camp as starter for the first time in his career. During his debut, Guthrie allowed two earned runs on four hits. He also hit a batter but struck out three.

"I thought he did some things that he's been working on, on the side," Manager Dave Trembley said. "Threw some change-ups and tried to use both sides of the plate. He competes, he goes right at you. He'll get better, that's his first time out."

Sherrill Feels Fine

Left-handed reliever George Sherrill allowed one run and two hits in one inning. More important, the Orioles' potential closer showed no ill effects from a mild hamstring strain that hampered him last week.

"All in all it felt really good," said Sherrill, acquired from the Seattle this offseason in the Erik Bedard deal. "There's times where it still feels a little quivery. But I had a sleeve on it so I knew it was going to be sturdy." . . .

Utilityman Scott Moore continued his hot streak. He drove in the game-tying run and scored the game-winning run on Luis Terrero's ninth-inning double. . . . Right fielder Nick Markakis homered to center field, almost directly into wind measured at 18 mph. . . . Injured closer Chris Ray and reliever Fernando Cabrera both left major league camp Sunday to continue their rehabs at the Orioles' minor league facility in Sarasota.

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