Jeremy Guthrie will start ALCS Game 3 vs. Orioles

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Per Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, Royals manager Ned Yost announced this afternoon that Jeremy Guthrie will start against the Orioles when the ALCS shifts to Kansas City for Game 3 on Monday.

Like Miguel Gonzalez with the Orioles, Guthrie wasn’t needed during the ALDS, so he hasn’t pitched since September 26. The 35-year-old right-hander compiled a 4.13 ERA and 124/39 K/BB ratio over 202 2/3 innings this season. Monday will be his first career postseason appearance. And he’ll be doing it against a team he spent five seasons with from 2007-2011.

Yost wouldn’t go as far to confirm his Game 4 starter quite yet, but he said that Jason Vargas will “probably” get the assignment. This means that Danny Duffy, who had a 2.53 ERA during the regular season, will remain in the bullpen. McCullough writes that the main reason he’s pitching in relief is because he struggled to throw strikes out of the stretch during his final two starts.

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.