By now, you probably know that New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi was pretty critical of Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie, who beaned catcher Jorge Posada in the right knee in the second inning.
Girardi acknowledged that he didn't think Guthrie hit Posada on purpose, but that didn't make it any easier to accept.
""I don't think he's doing it on purpose, but he hits a lot of people," said Girardi. "That's frustrating for us. We know he's going to pitch inside and I don't have a problem pitching inside. What do you expect, me to be happy that our guys are getting plunked? I'm frustrated by it. I wish he had better command in there."
Actually, Guthrie doesn't hit a lot of guys, but he does hit a lot of Yankees. Guthrie hit nine batters in 200 innings last season, but five of them were Yankees. He hit seven batters in 2008 in 190 2/3 innings and three of those were also Yankees. That means that eight of the 16 batters he's hit over the past two seasons wear Yankee uniforms.
Those numbers also don't include the one game this spring where Guthrie plunked both Mark Teixeira and Francisco Cervelli, prompting Girardi to yell at the Oriole pitcher from the dugout.
Asked about Girardi's "I wish he had better command in there" comment, Guthrie said, "I wish I had better command. If I did, I think I would pitch much, much better and we'd all see better results. … The inability to command every single pitch, I'm frustrated by it as well. It's part of the game. Like I said, I'm apologetic for the fact that if he were to miss some time, that would be a shame that it was a pitch that got away from me that had that result. But ultimately, I'm going out there and trying to compete. I don't ever want to give up free base runners because I can't afford those as we've seen throughout my career."