Me: “How did you feel?”
Guthrie: “I felt pretty good being out there.”
Me (thinking): “I waited an hour for this?”
It was your standard opening question for the first exhibition start. I’ll try to dial it up for his second one.
“It’s nice to be out there and mix in a few pitches,” Guthrie said. “I tried to keep the fastball down as much as I could and felt like I was able to do that pretty good for a first outing. It’s a good one to build off of and it’s nice to get back out there and get the butterflies out of the system. It felt like I hadn’t pitched for five months, so it’s nice to get back out there and get it started again.”
Here’s Miguel Tejada, talking about his day at third base:
“I felt like everything I’ve been working on has made me comfortable today and I’m going to continue to keep working and get better.”
On his error:
“The ball just went under my glove. Juan (Samuel) told me I did everything perfectly. The ball just didn’t give me a nice bounce.”
On his sliding grab and throw:
“I told the pitcher, ‘Hey, this inning I want the ball and then I can get everything out of the way.’ I was excited to make that play, I feel kind of like, ‘Oh, I can play here.’
“I know I can play anywhere now. I’ve got a lot of time to work and continue to get better.”
Scott Moore homered in the seventh to increase the Orioles’ lead to 8-2.
The Orioles have five homers today: Bell (2), Markakis, Hughes and Moore.
We’re hearing that Aubrey Huff homered today in his first at-bat with the Giants.