Jeremy Guthrie got beat up plenty last year – by fans, media and, most often, himself for pitching below his capabilities.

And he didn't exactly have a stunning spring.

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But, if his first start of this season is any indication, perhaps Guthrie's 2010 will look more like his solid 2007 and 2008 campaigns.

Guthrie's line was solid but not spectacular: He allowed eight hits, two walks and three runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Rays – good enough to register as a quality start.

He threw 95 pitches, 59 for strikes. And he struck out six.

He had to battle out of several jams, including a bases-loaded one in the fourth by fanning catcher Kelly Shoppach.

Guthrie was mixing a 94-mph fastball with a 85-mph changeup and he had excellent movement on all his pitches. He really looked like the old Jeremy at times.

Both he and the Orioles have to be encouraged by the way Guthrie threw in his season debut.

-- Dan Connolly

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