NEW YORK -- Manager Joe Girardi and the Yankees entered Monday's game not anticipating any problems with the O's starter for the series opener, Jeremy Guthrie, who has developed a bit of a history in hitting Yankees batters.
"It's not anything that I go into the game watching," Girardi said. "Is there some concern because we've been hit so many times? Yeah, there's some concern, because we're worried about injuries. But it's not something that I'm necessarily expecting."
In his last start, on Wednesday, Guthrie plunked Jorge Posada on the right knee, causing the catcher to miss the next two games. After Wednesday's game, Girardi was intrigued that nine of Guthrie's last 17 hit batsmen happened to be Yankees. The manager admitted that even though he didn't see any intent on Guthrie's part, it was frustrating.
Posada had no qualms with the pitcher, saying there was no need for Guthrie to apologize publicly.
Three of Guthrie's seven hit batsmen were Yankees in 2008, and he plunked five Yankees in as many starts against them last season. For his career, Guthrie entered Monday with a 3-7 record against the Bronx Bombers in 13 games.