Baltimore (43-63) at Kansas City (46-63)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Wed Aug 3, 2011
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With a string of quality starts, Jeremy Guthrie(notes) did his part to help the Baltimore Orioles try to deal him before Sunday’s non-waiver trade deadline. No move was made, so the veteran right-hander can now focus on more solid outings for the Orioles.

Baltimore goes for its fifth straight win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night when this series continues at Kauffman Stadium.

Despite having the most losses in the majors, Guthrie (5-14, 4.18 ERA) was reportedly on the radar of a number of teams looking for an experienced starter. The Orioles (43-63), though, were not satisfied with any of the potential deals.

“One of the elements for us to consider (when talking about) moving a talent like Jeremy was we would have to feel like we were getting some pitching back, and that’s a tall order for clubs,” president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail told the Orioles’ official website. “… We probably could have gotten reasonable talent back, but not as much back in the pitching category that we needed to have to satisfy us.”

Guthrie has been far better than satisfactory, going 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his last three outings after throwing seven innings of one-run ball in Friday’s 4-2 road win over the New York Yankees.

“Jeremy pitched well enough to have some more Ws next to his name, so I was real proud of him…,” manager Buck Showalter said.

Guthrie, who has one of the lowest run-support averages in the AL at 3.43, did not earn a decision in a 6-5, 12-inning home win over the Royals on May 26 after allowing five runs over seven innings.

He is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two starts in Kansas City.

Guthrie will try to help the Orioles win back-to-back road games for the first time since June 19-20 after Mark Reynolds(notes) hit a three-run homer and matched a career-high five RBIs in Tuesday’s 8-2 victory.

Kansas City (46-63), which had won five of six at home in this matchup, looks to get back on track with Luke Hochevar(notes) (7-8, 5.15) on the hill.

The right-hander is 2-0 with a 3.26 ERA in his last three outings after going 1-1 with an 8.27 ERA in his previous four. Hochevar won his second straight start Thursday, throwing seven effective innings in a 4-3 win at Boston.

“He was dynamite, just dynamite,” manager Ned Yost told the Royals’ official website.

Kansas City has won Hochevar’s last six starts, and the right-hander is one shy of setting a career high in victories, but he is 0-4 with a 7.98 ERA in five career starts against Baltimore.

Hochevar surrendered a season-high eight runs in a 9-2 loss at Camden Yards on May 25.

J.J. Hardy(notes) is just 1 for 11 off Hochevar, but the Orioles shortstop seems to have found his hitting stroke - going 2 for 4 with an RBI double on Tuesday - after an 0-for-17 effort in the Bronx over the weekend.

Guthrie should be careful against Billy Butler(notes) and Melky Cabrera(notes). Butler, the reigning AL co-player of the week, is batting .412 (14 for 34) with five homers and 13 RBIs during an eight-game hitting streak.

Cabrera has also hit safely in eight straight, going 16 for 37 (.432) with a home run and four RBIs during this stretch. He is 11 for 27 with four doubles, a triple and a homer off Guthrie.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Guthrie KC vs. L. Hochevar KC
9-17 Record 11-11
4.33 ERA 4.68
130 K 128
66 BB 62
1.34 WHIP 1.28


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