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The Yankees on the Showalter Effect

I prefaced this a little last night with Nick Swisher’s comment, but the Orioles play these last two games has certainly raised some eyebrows on the other side of the field.

And don’t think manager Buck Showalter isn’t taking these wins in the Bronx to heart. When asked about acting very businesslike in taking the series from his old team, Showalter responded: “Publicly, I do.”

Here are some comments from the Yankees regarding the very different Oriole team they’ve been beaten by the last two games.

Derek Jeter

“They’re playing well. I don’t know because I never switched managers in the middle of a season, but I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of guys over there trying to make an impression.”

CC Sabathia

“They’ve got a pretty good team. They’ve got some young talent over there. They’re trying to impress their manager. The fact that they got Roberts back and Jones came off the DL today, I think that definitely helped their lineup.”

Swisher, (following Monday afternoon’s loss)

“Since they got the new manager over there, they’ve got a different style of play…They pitched a little differently [on Monday], a lot more offspeed.”

*In keeping with Swisher’s comments, the Orioles starters ERA in the first 105 games was 5.61. Under Buck’s 34 games, it’s 3.26. And the pitching staff as a whole owns a 3.57 ERA under their new manager. Several of the young arms have mentioned that they are “auditioning” and that certainly looks to be the case.

*The Orioles have won five straight road games now, dating back to the first game in Anaheim. They’ll try to extend that season-high mark to six games in Sunday’s finale.

All Star game rosters, snubs, etc.

N.L. Roster by team…
Arizona – Chris Young    
Atlanta – Jayson Heyward, Tim Hudson, Omar Infante, Brian McCann, Martn Prado
Chicago – Marlon Byrd
Cincinnati – Brandon Phillips, Arthur Rhodes, Scott Rolen
Colorado – Ubaldo Jimenez, Troy Tulowitzki
Florida – Josh Johnson, Hanley Ramirez
Houston – Michael Bourn
Los Angeles – Jonathan Broxton, Andre Ethier
Milwaukee – Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo, Corey Hart
New York –  Jose Reyes,  David Wright
Philadelphia – Roy Halladay, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley
Pittsburgh – Evan Meek
St. Louis – Chris Carpenter, Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols, Adam Wainwright
San Diego – Adrian Gonzalez
San Francisco – Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson
Washington – Matt Capps

A.L. Roster by team…

Baltimore – Ty Wigginton
Boston – Adrian Beltre, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Victor Martinez**, Dustin Pedroia**, David Ortiz
Chicago – Matt Thornton
Cleveland – Fausto Carmona
Detroit – Miguel Cabrera, Jose Valverde
K.C. – Joakim Soria
LA Angels – Torii Hunter
Minnesota – Joe Mauer, Juston Morneau
New York – Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, Phil Hughes, Mariano Rivera, Alex Rodriguez, CC Sabathia
Oakland – Trevor Cahill
Seattle – Cliff Lee, Ichiro Suzuki
Tampa Bay – Carl Crawford,  Evan Longoria, David Price
Texas – Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Vladimir Guerrero, Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler**
Toronto – Jose Bautista, John Buck,  Vernon Wells

*Dustin Pedroia and Victor Martinez are hurt. Ian Kinsler is taking Pedroia’s spot.

AL Final Five:
Paul Konerko, Chicago
Nick Swisher, New York
Delmon Young, Minnesota
Michael Young, Texas
Kevin Youkilis, Boston

NL Final Five:
Heath Bell, San Diego
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado
Billy Wagner, Atlanta
Joey Votto, Cincinnati
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington

In my opinion, the Padres should have at least one reliever already on the team. They have the best bullpen in baseball. Also, Joey Votto should get to go. Hopefully he can get the Final Vote because that’s a serious omission. I’m still undecided on whether Stephen Strasburg has enough starts/is deserving.
AL: In the American League, Andy Pettitte was snubbed by his own manager,
Joe Girardi. Although I’m hearing rumblings that might change. How did Felix Hernandez get left off completely? And I haven’t seen him play, but I’ve certainly been impressed by the numbers from Tigers rookie Brandon Boesch.

I know it’s an inexact science, and the players did vote for the guys that made it. Still, it’s always fun to debate who was left out of this year’s All-Star game. I know Orioles fans wanted Nick Markakis to go, but honestly with his lack of power this season and an already crowded AS outfield he just didn’t have a shot.

Sabathia slights the Orioles

Yankees ace CC Sabathia just picked up the win against the Phillies in a World Series rematch. When asked about beating someone not named the Orioles this is what he said: “I’ve beat them four times this year. It feels good to get a win against a good team.”

Granted the Orioles have 17 wins this season, so it’s fair to not include them as a “good team”.  Still a little bit of a slight there, in my opinion.

Yankees/Os lineups and pregame tidbits

The Yankees are in town and Orioles right-hander Kevin Millwood will look for his first win tonight against the defending World Champions.

*In case you missed it, the Orioles made a roster move earlier today, purchasing the contract of Alfredo Simon.
*Brian Roberts saw Dr. Lee Riley yesterday and there is no news. He’s not ready to start doing any baseball stuff, and although he was at Camden Yards on Tuesday, did not make himself available to the media.
*Garrett Atkins was not in the Orioles lineup for the third consecutive game, and to his credit he is saying all the right things. He will get the start against lefty CC Sabathia tomorrow (since Rhyne Hughes is a left-handed hitter, Atkins is a better matchup), but this is an interesting situation to watch. Trembley said whether the team platoons or whether one guys gets the bulk of first base duties has to do with how they perform at the plate.
*Koji Uehara is scheduled to throw an inning for Double-A Bowie tonight as the first outing of his rehab assignment.
*It’s looking increasingly likely that Brad Bergesen will make Saturday’s start against the Red Sox. He’s the leadoff candidate for the spot and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail confirmed nothing has changed. The club could decide to designate a reliever to make room for Bergesen. For more on Bergesen’s Triple-A start, I talked to him Sunday night and that story is up here

Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejada 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS
Kevin Millwood RHP


Derek Jeter SS
Brett Gardner LF
Mark Teixeira 1B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Robinson Cano 2B
Jorge Posad Ca
Curtis Granderson CF
Nick Swisher DH
Randy Winn RF
Phil Hughes RHP