Zrebiec: Guthrie gets the nod

Jeremy Guthrie, the Orioles’ Opening Day starter for the past two regular seasons, will get the starting assignment for Wednesday’s Grapefruit League opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium.

“I’m excited,” said Guthrie. “It’s fun to be able to pitch in a game against opposing hitters. It’s been five months or so.”

Closer Mike Gonzalez and reliever Will Ohman are also expected to make their Orioles’ debuts Wednesday.

Guthrie went 10-17 with a 5.04 ERA in 33 starts last season. While new acquisition Kevin Millwood is expected to start Opening Day of the regular season against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field, Guthrie will likely slot in behind him.

- Jeff Zrebiec

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