Jeremy Guthrie knows just how many batters he's hit this season -- and where he lies in the standings for that stat.
After Guthrie hit Derek Jeter to start Saturday's Orioles loss to the Yankees on the first pitch (and really hit him -- as in the ball actually hit part of Jeter), New York manager Joe Griardi starting whining about how many times Guthrie has hit Yankees.
"Too man, just too many," Girardi told reporters following the game. "I don't really understand it. I know he likes to pitch inside. But it's just too many. That doesn't include the ones in spring training. It's too many."
Guthrie has hit 14 batters this season and 37 in his career -- 10 of those have been Yankees, plus two more during the spring this season. The only American League pitcher with more hit batters this season is a Yankee, A.J. Burnett. That didn't escape Guthrie's attention.
"He understands that he has a great pitcher over there in A.J. that has hit more guys than I have," Guthrie told the Baltimore Sun 's Jeff Zrebiec . "I watch and appreciate the aggressive nature that A.J. takes in throwing to both sides of the plate and I think I'm a similar pitchers. One of the occupational hazards when you do that is you are occasionally going to hit some guys, but you can't let that affect what you do. Hitting guys intentionally is something totally different, but pitching inside has to be part of what I do to be effective."
For the record, not even Jeter felt Guthrie intentionally hit him. Maybe Girardi is just learning from the Tony La Russa book of mountain-making out of molehills.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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