KANSAS CITY -- Newly acquired right-hander Jeremy Guthrie reported to the Royals on Saturday prepared to make his debut in Sunday's game against the Twins.
"It's a great opportunity," said Guthrie, who came to the Royals in a trade for Jonathan Sanchez on Friday. "It's a place where if I could choose a place to be, this would certainly be at the top of the list. Great young team with all the potential in the world, and I'm happy to be a part of it."
In a corresponding roster move, the Royals optioned left-handed reliever Francisley Bueno to Triple-A Omaha. Bueno appeared just once since being recalled on Wednesday -- going 2 2/3 innings in Thursday's game against Seattle, allowing one run and striking out one.
Guthrie couldn't ask for a better first assignment then the Twins, who he's had success against throughout his career. He's 4-1 in eight games (six starts) with a 2.70 ERA against Minnesota. Match that with a return to the American League, and familiarity is a big plus for Guthrie.
"You get a chance to pitch a lot against teams from different divisions when you're in the league for five years, like I was with Baltimore," Guthrie said. "[The Twins have] familiar hitters, and we'll go out there and see what we can do."
There's also something else Guthrie's looking forward to.
"I like the powder blue tops," Guthrie said of the Royals' home uniforms normally worn during day games at Kauffman Stadium. "That's a nice way to start. I'm excited about that."
Just in case Royals fans weren't yet on board with the team's new pitcher, Guthrie made a Twitter proclamation sure to win them over, telling general manager Dayton Moore that he would've selected Billy Butler to participate in the Home Run Derby.
"I'm just being honest," Guthrie said. "I'd choose Billy Butler, big home run hitter, Country Breakfast [Butler's nickname]. I would've chosen him.
"Did the fans want that or something? They did? I guess we're thinking along the same lines then," Guthrie said wryly.