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Royals acquire pitcher Jeremy Guthrie from Rockies for pitcher Jonathan Sanchez

The Kansas City Royals today acquired right-handed starter Jeremy Guthrie from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for left-handed starter Jonathan Sanchez

Guthrie, 33, is 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA in 19 games, including 15 starts, for Colorado in 2012.  He has pitched well away from Coors Field, posting a 3.67 ERA in 10 games (8 starts) on the road.  The six-foot-one, 205-pound right-hander is 50-74 with a 4.37 ERA in 196 career outings (169 starts) for the Indians (2004-06), Orioles (2007-11) and Rockies (2012).  The Orioles’ Opening Day starter in 2008, 2009 and 2011, Guthrie posted double-digit wins in three straight seasons for Baltimore in 2008-2010 and has topped the 200-inning mark in each of his last three seasons entering 2012.  He pitched for the United States at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

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Originally a first-round selection (22nd overall) for Cleveland in 2002 out of Stanford University, Guthrie was claimed off waivers by Baltimore in 2007 and then was traded to Colorado on February 6, 2012 in exchange for pitchers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. Born and raised in Oregon, Guthrie and his wife, Jenny, now reside in Pleasant Grove, Utah, and have a daughter, Avery, and two sons, Hudson and Dash.

The 29-year-old Sanchez was 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA in 12 starts for the Royals this season after being acquired from the San Francisco Giants with left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo for outfielder Melky Cabrera on November 7, 2011.  He was designated for assignment by the Royals on Tuesday, July 17.

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