Like the Yankees, the Orioles postgame train ride to New York following Monday’s win was aborted 30 minutes into the trip. The Orioles took buses to New York and arrived after sunrise Tuesday morning.
The Yankees’ train back to New York reportedly lost power in Aberdeen, forcing them to continue the trip home by bus.
“We got into the hotel at about 9 a.m. this morning,” Showalter said. “We got about a half hour out of Baltimore the way I understand it, the train ahead of us, I don’t know if it was the Yankees, lost power to the line. Finally, we just got on the buses and we had about a 2 1/2 –hour bus ride from there to the hotel in New York.”
Showalter, who said the bus ride reminded him of his minor league days, said the Orioles took it in stride.
“We’re in a nice hotel,” Showalter said. “Everybody’s going to get their sleep and it’s not an excuse. The guys have fun with it. It’s a club that doesn’t take itself too seriously. They understand the meaning of life and they understand things like that happen. We got off the bus and Jim Thome had a big smile on his face. I’m sure it’s not the first time Jim’s been through something like that.”
Showalter mum on remaining rotation
Showalter wouldn’t reveal his starting pitchers for Game 4 and a possible decisive Game 5 in New York, saying only that right-hander Chris Tillman and left-hander Joe Saunders are available for either game.
“You know the options we have,” Showalter said. “A lot will depend on what happens [Wednesday] night. We’re going to take each game as it comes and try to win that game and stay in that game in those nine innings or however many innings it is and when the smoke clears, we’ll look at what our option is and how it presents itself.”
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Showalter sounded positive speaking about right fielder Nick Markakis’ recovery from a broken left thumb. Markakis had the pins taken out of the thumb on Monday. “It’s healing correctly,” Showalter said. “It’s as normal as it can possibly be are getting those bones shattered. The swelling has gone down. For the first time in a long time, it looked like he had a normal thumb.” Markakis will likely only be available if the Orioles go to the World Series … Infielder Wilson Betemit (right wrist sprain) continued taking batting practice in Sarasota, Fla. and remains a roster possibility if the Orioles advance to the ALCS. … Left-hander Zach Britton, who had pitched just one inning since Sept. 15, threw three innings — nearly 40 pitches — in an instructional league game on Tuesday. Britton could be a starting option if the Orioles advance. … Joe Angel and Jim Hunter, two Oriole announcers who were in the running for the 2013 Ford C.Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting, did not make the cut of 10 finalists. Among those still being considered are former Toronto Blue Jays' play-by-play man, the late Tom Cheek, and former St. Louis Cardinals player and current announcer Mike Shannon. The winner will be announced in December at baseball's annual winter meetings.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun