Jeremy Guthrie managed to get just two outs in his team's 9-1 loss Friday night, the shortest outing of his career and shortest for an Orioles starter since Victor Zambrano retired just two Toronto Blue Jays on Sept. 26, 2007. There was injury added to insult when Guthrie took a liner from Jason Giambi off his right forearm, but he expects to make his next start.
Force is still with him
Luke Scott is a strong man, probably the strongest pound-for-pound player on the Orioles' roster. But even he has to be getting tired of carrying the Orioles' offense. Scott provided one of the lone highlights Friday with a seventh-inning solo homer that thwarted Dallas Braden's shutout bid. Scott has eight homers in eight games since coming off the disabled list, 13 this season and his team's past five.
The Orioles finish their six-game West Coast trip this afternoon as left-hander Rich Hill (2-0, 4.15) opposes Athletics rookie right-hander Vin Mazzaro (1-0, 0.00). Mazzaro pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings to beat the Chicago White Sox in his first major league start Tuesday.