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June 25, 2011

Couple of pre-game notes: Showalter hates the Yankees, MacPhail talks contract, Roberts has good day

The most interesting response at the annual “State of the Orioles” event, held before tonight’s game for season ticket holders, came when Orioles manager Buck Showalter was asked, “What do we have to do beat the doggone Yankees?"

“I can’t stand the Yankees, OK?,” Showalter said. “That stays between us right here. I don’t really care if they know. I think they can figure it out.

"Fearful of them? Afraid to play them? I look at it as an opportunity. Once we get better, it's going to snowball and they are going to hate coming into this ballpark, believe me.”

Orioles President of Baseball Operations Andy MacPhail was also asked about his expiring contract after the season. He gave a typical MacPhail response.

"I have always taken the position, unlike one my good friends in the game Jim Riggleman, let's just see how we do," MacPhail said. “Let's get to the end of the year and see how we do and take it from there.”

In other news, Jake Arrieta (right elbow inflammation) is scheduled to throw an extensive bullpen session tomorrow and if all goes well, he'll make Wednesday's start. Second baseman Brian Roberts, who had two wisdom teeth removed, had a good day according to Showalter, getting through all his conditioning exercises without any problems. Reliever Alfredo Simon (right hamstring strain) will throw one or two innings and no more than 40 pitches tomorrow for Double-A Bowie. He could be activated as early as Tuesday.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 6:21 PM | | Comments (7)
        

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“I can’t stand the Yankees, OK?,” Showalter said.

We park our cars in the same garage my friend.

(from one of the best movies of all time)

Buck should stop writing checks his players can't cash. It's just comical at this point. Imagine being a Yankee fan and hearing those words from an Oriole manager. Are you scared? Au contraire: you're on the floor laughing your guts out.

“What do we have to do beat the doggone Yankees?"

Here is your answer: Pay the money it takes to acquire pitchers that can pitch and hitters that can hit.

Hmm...as I read this the O's are losing 10-5 to the Reds. Maybe he should pay more attention to his games than hating on the better teams in the division.

who cares about yankees when its clear they wont win it all yet again this season? redsox superior team.

Davey Johnson will not return to the Nats next year. He is not going to like the daily routine, night games, and travel
He also will not like managing the new breed,.

Davey Johnson will not return to the Nats next year. He is not going to like the daily routine, night games, and travel
He also will not like managing the new breed,.

Gee, i saw a comment/question about Roberts' wisdom teeth earlier & i think that it was posted before this article was posted.

Hmmmm

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