He has the unique ability to be able to enjoy all types of players that we have in our locker room. He can converse with the Latin guys on their level, he can converse with the American guys. He hasn't really mastered Japanese to [help] Nori [Aoki] much, but he's just a really fun guy to be around. – Royals manager Ned Yost

Former BYU Cougar pitcher Jeremy Guthrie will be taking the mound for the Kansas City Royals when they take on the San Francisco Giants Friday in the third game of the World Series. The Royals split both games in Kansas City and will now head to San Francisco for the next three.

Guthrie, who resides in Pleasant Grove in the offseason, is a 10-year veteran of the major leagues and has pitched for the Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and Colorado Rockies before signing on with the Royals in 2013. He spent one year pitching for the Cougars collegiately before transferring to Stanford.

This will be Guthrie's second start in the postseason after allowing just one run on three hits in five innings in a 2-1 win over the Orioles in the American League championship series. He finished with a 13-11 record and 4.13 ERA in the regular season.

Guthrie is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a two-year church mission to Spain. Recently, MLB.com did an article highlighting Guthrie's continued use of the Spanish language when translating for his teammates.

"He's got a very outgoing personality, and he helps all of our Latin guys," Royals manager Ned Yost told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. "He has the unique ability to be able to enjoy all types of players that we have in our locker room. He can converse with the Latin guys on their level, he can converse with the American guys. He hasn't really mastered Japanese to [help] Nori [Aoki] much, but he's just a really fun guy to be around."

First pitch for Friday's game is at 6:07 MDT and will be televised live on FOX.

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