Jeremy Guthrie is one of many guys to play for the Orioles and Royals

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May 9, 2013

Former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie, he of the 4-0 record, 2.40 ERA and 16.2-inning scoreless streak, takes the hill for the visitors Thursday to wrap up the three-game "Reunions with Royals" set in Baltimore. In addition to Guthrie, the series has brought the familiar faces of Miguel Tejada and Bruce Chen back to town.

Tejada went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and a defensive gem to steal a hit from Adam Jones on Tuesday. (Related aside: What's with Kansas City third basemen robbing Adam Jones of hits? Tejada one day, Mike Moustakas the next.) Chen, meanwhile, pitched two hitless innnings in a relief role on Wednesday.

A defacto No. 1 starter in rotations that were short on quality pitching, Guthrie is appreciated - beloved even - by many of the Baltimore faithful, outranking Tejada and Chen among the current crop of Orioles-turned-Royals.

Guthrie has expressed his enthusiasm for returning to Baltimore in old and new media alike.

"It's great -- fond memories, great coming back to the fans," Guthrie told the Baltimore Sun. "The [fans] I interact with are great. Very positive. It's just nice to come back here." 

His Twitter posts @TheRealJGuts have included the Baltimore shout-out below, a photo with Haloti Ngata, and a response to a fan who Tweeted a picture of him in the rain at Camden Yards. 

The Orioles and Royals share a long history of overlapping players.

Six former or future Orioles played in the expansion Royals' first game on April 8, 1969: Wally Bunker got the start, Moe Drawbowsky picked up the win, Lou Piniella went 4-for-5 with an RBI as the starting center fielder, Jerry Adair drove in a run as the starting second baseman, Pat Kelly served as a pinch runner, and Bob Oliver played right field. 

But wait, there's more. Who ya got in the following match-ups of guys who played in Baltimore and Kansas City during their careers?

Favorite back-up catcher: Sal Fasano vs. Paul Bako

Fasano and Bako each played one season in Baltimore. They made the exact same number of plate apperances with 174. Fasano (2005) hit a career-high 11 home runs; Bako (2007) hit one home run, but it happened to be a three-run shot against the Yankees in a game the Birds won 6-4.

Advantage: Fasano, for his everyman quality. 

Favorite reliever: Ricky Bones and John Habyan vs. Gregg Olson 

I'll give you a Bones and a Habyan for an Olson. It's a bad baseball card trade, and it's a bad match-up in real life unless your nickname is Otter. 

Olson is the Orioles' all-time saves leaders and holds team records for most games finished (62), most consecutive shutout innings (41), most saves by a rookie (27) and most conescutive scoreless appearances (29).

Advantage: Olson and his trashed uniform from Turn Back the Clock Day.

Favorite 1980s starter: Storm Davis vs. Mike Boddicker 

Davis started Game 4 of the 1983 ALCS and won Game 4 of the 1983 World Series. His parents took in Glenn Davis as a son of their own when he was in high school. Boddicker was the 1983 ALCS MVP and got an All Star nod in 1984 when he won 20 games, the last Orioles pitcher to do so.

Advantage: Boddicker and his "Little League slop."

Favorite short-time infielder: Todd Cruz vs. Jeff Reboulet

Cruz stayed above the Mendoza line for the 1983 Orioles ... barely. Reboulet homered twice off Randy Johnson, including during Game 4 of the 1997 ALDS.

Advantage: Reboulet and his 20 career home runs.

Favorite maligned pitcher: Terry Mathews vs. Sidney Ponson

The 1997 ALDS when Mathews was booed lustily by the home crowd while entering from the bullpen ranks among the more embarrasing fan episodes in Baltimore. And he never even punched a judge!

Advantage: Mathews and his clean arrest record.



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