Utahns in baseball: Guthrie understands move to bullpen; Wagner extends scoreless streak

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After posting an 8-7 record and a 5.65 ERA in 23 starts, one-time BYU pitcher wasn’t shocked to learn he had been removed from his starting spot in the Kansas City pitching rotation.

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Guthrie was originally scheduled to pitch on Monday but lost his spot in the rotation to as the Royals pushed Guthrie into the bullpen.

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“I didn’t have a reaction,” Guthrie told Kansas City Star reporter Andy McCullough about his reaction to the news. “There was no screaming or yelling. No crying. No laughing.

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“Let’s be honest, they don’t need long guys here, which is good. Pitchers have been throwing good, going deep. Kris Medlen Jerseys and have thrown five times in two months.”

Guthrie made his first relief appearance of the season on Wednesday, allowing two runs in four innings in Kansas City’s 8-5 loss to Baltimore. The outing shaved his ERA a few percentage points to 5.62 on the year.

“Guys have off years or off months,” Royals manager Ned Yost told McCullough. “He’s had some good starts. He’s had some poor ones, too.”

Meanwhile in the minors, former Ute pitcher Tyler Wagner extended his scoreless innings streak to 19 1/3 innings with five shutout innings in Double-A Biloxi’s 8-1 win over Mobile on Thursday.

Wagner is 2-0 with a perfect 0.00 ERA in his last three starts. In Thursday’s start, Wagner allowed just four hits and struck out six.

The Milwaukee Brewers’ farm hand could be promoted back to the majors this week with MLB rosters expanding from 25 players to 40 on Tuesday. He’s 11-5 with a 2.13 ERA in 23 starts with the Shuckers.

MLB

(Utah), Los Angeles Angels: Seven hits and two runs scored in 20 at-bats over the week. Cron is batting .276 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 82 games this season, which is more major league experience than his rookie 2014 campaign.

Jeremy Guthrie Jerseys (BYU), Kansas City Royals: Allowed five hits and two runs in four innings of relief, but Kansas City fell to Baltimore 8-5 on Wednesday. Guthrie made his first relief appearance of the season in the game. He was moved out of the starting rotation and into the bullpen heading into the week.

Guthrie is 8-7 with a 5.62 ERA in 24 appearances this season.

Triple-A

(Taylorsville H.S.), Omaha (Kansas City Royals): Five hits, one RBI and one run scored in 21 at-bats over the week. Colon went 3-for-3 with an RBI in Omaha’s 9-5 win over Fresno on Saturday. Colon is batting .281 with 17 RBIs china direct and 19 runs scored in 51 games this season. Colon is likely to return to the majors this upcoming week with the return to the 40-man roster on Tuesday.

Brandon Kintzler (Dixie State), Colorado Springs (Milwaukee Brewers): 0-0, 6.75 ERA in three appearances over the week. Kintzler picked up a hold in Colorado Springs’ 5-1 win over El Paso on Monday. Two appearances later, he tossed a perfect frame against Albuquerque on Saturday. The righty is 6.19 ERA in 14 games this season.

Brady Lail (Bingham H.S.), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (New York Yankees): Allowed two runs on five hits and two walks in six innings, picking up a loss as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre fell to Pawtucket 2-0 on Tuesday. Lail is 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA in five starts since being promoted to the RailRiders.

Braeden Schlehuber (Viewmont H.S.), Gwinnett (Atlanta Braves): Zero hits in 10 at-bats over the week. Schlehuber is batting .152 in 36 games with Gwinnett. The Viewmont product returned to Triple-A before the week started after playing 32 games in Mississippi.