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08/06/09 1:10 PM ET

Guthrie apologizes for avoiding media

Veteran leaves clubhouse before addressing reporters

DETROIT -- One day after skipping out on his media responsibilities, Jeremy Guthrie set out to make things right. Guthrie, who had elected not to speak after his start against the Tigers on Wednesday night, made a beeline to reporters on Thursday morning and issued a heartfelt apology off the cuff.

"I'm apologetic for not making myself available," he said, "when obviously it was a game in which I pitched and needed to make some comments, to talk about how well the team played. I think we played really, really well defensively and we got shut down by a really good pitcher who was on top of his game."

Guthrie, who had never missed an interview before, said that he understood that he had a responsibility to his fans, and more to the point, that he sets an example to Baltimore's quartet of rookie starting pitchers. The right-hander said frankly that he understands that speaking after his starts is part of his job.

"Ultimately, I was hoping to take a night off," he said. "And looking back on it, it was not the right decision, especially in this circumstance. I guess my regret is that I did it and it was kind of misinterpreted. Hopefully, going forward, I anticipate making myself available for all the standard times that we have to be available."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.