O's top Rays, Buck Showalter wins 900th career game

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It doesn’t mean much of anything and its not going to shake up the AL East standings at this point in the season, but the Orioles continue to win ballgames under new manager Buck Showalter.

The O’s topped the Rays 8-4 on Saturday night in Baltimore thanks to an inspired pitching performance by right-hander Jeremy Guthrie and a big night at the plate by catcher Matt Wieters. 

According to MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli, it was Showalter’s 900th managerial win, and he was as humble as ever when notified of the accomplishment:

“I’ve had a lot of losses, too,” Showalter said. “I
remember just about every one of those. Just reminds you how lucky you
are to do this, to have a chance to do it.  It means I’ve had some good players and someone’s given me an opportunity to do this a long time. That’s about the extent of it.”

The Orioles are now 18-13 under Showalter’s watch.  He won 313 games with the Yankees, 250 games with the Diamondbacks and 648 games with the Rangers for a career record of 900-846.  Buck sits between Don Zimmer (885) and Jimy Williams (910) for 64th on the all-time managerial wins list.

Dodgers announce World Series rotation order

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We know Clayton Kershaw will oppose Dallas Keuchel in Game 1 of the World Series. We now know the rest of the Dodgers’ rotation order, per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. After Kershaw, it’ll be Rich Hill, then Yu Darvish, followed by Alex Wood.

No surprise, that’s the same order the Dodgers used in the NLCS against the Cubs. Dodger starters combined to post a 2.67 ERA with 31 strikeouts and four walks across 27 innings in the NLCS.

The Astros haven’t yet announced their rotation order, but we can safely assume Justin Verlander will follow Keuchel in Game 2.