Whatever it is, manager Joe Girardi shrugged, he's not exactly elated with the dynamic. The Orioles hurler has hit 17 batters since the beginning of the 2008 season, and nine of them have been Yankees -- the latest being Jorge Posada in the second inning on Thursday.
"That is somewhat peculiar, but he does see us more than a lot of other clubs," Girardi said. "I don't think we ever miss him. It might be a case where he's trying too hard. It could be that, too."
Guthrie did not discuss the issue with reporters before Thursday's game. But the right-hander -- who also hit Mark Teixeira in a Grapefruit League contest this spring -- said on Wednesday that he had not intended to hit Posada.
"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," Guthrie said after the Yankees' 8-3 win.
Girardi made sure to note that he does not wish to begin a war of words with the Orioles, and he does not believe Guthrie has thrown at the Yankees intentionally.
"I'm sure he's frustrated with it, too, because the last thing you want to do is give free baserunners," he said. "He's got outstanding stuff. I know he's trying as hard as he can. It seems like he puts his heart out there. We're frustrated by it because we lost a player."
Derek Jeter said that the Yankees don't exactly run to the bat rack against Guthrie, who is 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA in 13 career games (12 starts) against New York.
"He's what you'd call effectively wild, you know what I mean?" Jeter said. "One pitch can be close to you, and the next time he's painting [the corner]. It's not comfortable. That's probably a good thing for a pitcher."