Jeremy Guthrie could see O's building a winner, plus other Royals notes

Former Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie never got to play on a winning team in Baltimore. He missed it by one year. His last season was 2011 and the Orioles returned to the playoffs the following season. Back at Camden Yards today with the Kansas City Royals, Guthrie said he could sense something good was coming for the Orioles, even though he was not around to see it to completion. "Yeah, I always said that and there weren't many people that agreed," Guthrie said during a Royals interview session this afternoon. "Adam (Jones) and I, (Matt) Wieters and others, we always talked about the potential and what they were building in Baltimore. It just took breaking through those bad stretches to understand how good Baltimore could be and they've proven that over the last three seasons." guthrie-royals-sidebar.jpgHe left one baseball town that has been revitalized and is now part of another in Kansas City. "I think they both have rich traditions," he said. "You saw the teams of Kansas City in the late '70s, early and mid '80s make the run they had and certainly there was the Oriole Way of almost the same time frame." Guthrie went 47-65 with a 4.12 ERA in 153 starts as an Oriole and he looks back on his time here with warm thoughts. "Fondly, for sure," he said. "My time here in Baltimore allowed me to get a chance to pitch in the major leagues, to learn and gain confidence and to get better. The five years I spent here were instrumental. "I'm grateful I am still able to pitch. The game will eat you up and spit you out quickly if you don't work and grind. Had some ups and downs since I left here." Guthrie said he doesn't know when he'll pitch in the American League Championship Series. He was in the bullpen during the AL Division Series and warmed up a few times, but never got it in the game. Meanwhile, Zach Britton is not the only player in the ALCS that became a father this week. Kansas City outfielder Lorenzo Cain's wife gave birth Monday night and Cain was at his wife's side. He just flew into Baltimore early this morning. "I drove from Kansas City (to Oklahoma) on Monday. She got induced that night," Cain said. "You know, babies they don't sleep, I've been up for the last two days. But it's been fun. I think I got about two hours sleep yesterday, going all on adrenaline right now." Cameron Loe Cain weighed in at six pounds, 13 ounces. "I had to push baseball aside for a moment to enjoy my son being born. It was an amazing feeling, I can't even explain it. I cried like a baby," Cain said. Cain is one of the speed guys on the Royals that can steal bases. Kansas City led the majors with 153 steals and had three players rank among the top eight in the AL. Outfielder Jarrod Dyson stole 36 to tie for third, shortstop Alcides Escobar had 31 steals to tie for fifth while Cain ranked eighth in the AL with 28. Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer talked about how the Royals use that speed and how it is distracting to the opponent pitcher. "That is our game plan, the strength of our ballclub," Hosmer said. "Teams know we will steal and be aggressive. It takes a perfect throw to get our guys. We will try to push the envelope and take every extra bag we can. That is the M.O. of our team. "When you have Jarrod Dyson, Lorenzo Cain or Terence Gore on first base, it is hard not to concentrate on them. The thing about our team, those guys are fearless. Everyone in the park knows they will go and there is still nothing teams can do about it." The Royals are holding a workout right now at Camden Yards. The Orioles have one set for later and O's players will have their own interview session. Check back here later for notes and quotes from that session.

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