Buck Showalter says O's players 'very maturely' handling large AL East lead

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September 09, 2014|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

BOSTON -- When told that his players, for the most part, deny doing much scoreboard-watching this month, Orioles manager Buck Showalter joked: “You bought that?”

But Showalter said he has been impressed with the way his team has been dealing with its large divisional lead in September — which is a new experience for nearly every player in the Orioles' clubhouse.

“I think they're handling it very maturely from a standpoint where we've got to take care of our business,' Showalter said.

All season, Showalter has stressed the importance of each game. He has refused to talk about any specific postseason plans — continually using “if” instead of “when” in discussing playoffs in general — and his team is taking the same approach.

“Every night we've got a chance to get a step closer to where we want to get, and that's a chance to roll the dice in October,” Showalter said. “That's what it is. If you stay focused on what we have to do every night, you control it, whether you've got a one-game lead or an X-number-of-games lead. You can control it every night, how you're going to wake up the next day.”

Around the horn

Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia was out of Tuesday's lineup because of left wrist and hand inflammation. It is possible that he will be shut down for the remainder of the season. Former Orioles infielder Jemile Weeks, whom the Orioles traded to the Red Sox on Aug. 30 as part of the deal for infielder Kelly Johnson, started at second base in place of Pedroia. … Showalter said infielder Alexi Casilla is not actually working out in the club's extended camp in Sarasota for players who could be called up this month. He was given permission to work out in Arizona, but he remains a potential call-up if an emergency arises. … Minor league left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, whom the Orioles traded to the Red Sox on July 31 for left-hander Andrew Miller, is scheduled to start for Pawtucket in the fourth game of the five-game Triple-A International League Governor's Cup Championship versus Durham. It will be his Triple-A debut. … The Orioles posted their 11th shutout of the season Monday, the most they've had since 1999, when they also posted 11. They haven't had more since 1992, when they tossed 16. The club record is 21 in 1961.

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