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    Ashland High alum Jeremy Guthrie off to stellar start for Royals
  • Prior to the 2012 season right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was traded by the Baltimore Orioles to Colorado for pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.
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    • Jeremy Guthrie
      Who: Kansas City Royals ace and 1997 Ashland High graduate.
      Hot start: Guthrie, 34, pitched six strong innings Thursday to improve to 5-0 and help the Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles on the ro...
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      Jeremy Guthrie
      Who: Kansas City Royals ace and 1997 Ashland High graduate.

      Hot start: Guthrie, 34, pitched six strong innings Thursday to improve to 5-0 and help the Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles on the road. In seven starts this season, Guthrie has a 2.28 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 14 walks.
  • BALTIMORE — Prior to the 2012 season right-handed pitcher Jeremy Guthrie was traded by the Baltimore Orioles to Colorado for pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom.
    Hammel is now one of the top starters for the Orioles and was on the hill for opening day in Tampa Bay. Lindstrom was traded on Aug. 26, 2012 by Baltimore to Arizona for starting pitcher Joe Saunders, who aided the Orioles' postseason drive last year as the Orioles made the playoffs for the first time since 1997.
    "I am very honest. They didn't lose much," Guthrie said of his trade to Colorado. "It turned out to be a great trade" for the Orioles.
    Guthrie, 34, the Ashland High graduate and Roseburg native, returned to Baltimore this week as a member of the Kansas City Royals. He started Thursday against the Orioles and held his former team to two runs, one earned, in six innings to lead the Royals to a 6-2 victory.
    After going 3-9 with an ERA of 6.35 with Colorado to start the 2012 season Guthrie was traded on July 20, 2012 to the Royals for pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. Guthrie was then 5-3 with an ERA of 3.16 in 14 starts last season for the Royals. After the season, he signed with Kansas City as a free agent and, after Thursday's win, is 5-0 with an ERA of 2.28 in his first seven starts.
    "The defense has bailed me out of some (possible) losses," he said. "The defense and offense has been very supportive. I could not ask for anything more when I am out on the mound."
    He threw his first career shutout in a 2-0 win May 4 against the White Sox and that gave him a team-record 17 consecutive starts without a loss. That streak reached 18 on Thursday.
    "He makes very few mistakes," Chicago first baseman Adam Dunn told reporters after the game. "We were trying to get to him early, and obviously, that didn't work either. When you have a guy who has that many pitches and also locates it "¦"
    "I am striving to be low in the strike zone. I have a very good defense behind me," said Guthrie, when asked to describe why he has been successful. "When you have eight guys around you it makes the pitcher look a lot better."
    Guthrie began his college career at BYU before he transferred to Stanford.
    He was a first-round pick by Cleveland in 2002 and made his Major League debut with the Indians in 2004.
    Guthrie was picked up on waivers by the Orioles prior to the 2007 season and he made his first big league start with Baltimore.
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