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Buck Showalter expects 'pressure' to play in front of Orioles Hall of Famers

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TORONTO -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said there will be some pressure to perform well against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, when 23 Orioles Hall of Famers will be in attendance for the franchise’s 60th anniversary ceremony after the game.

“It’s going to be some event, probably the highest pressure game for us for the year. We really need to win tomorrow,” Showalter said. “We’ve already talked to the players. That’s a very easy [talk]. It’s after the game. I hope it’s not a long game, and I hope it’s not extra innings. It’s going to be an honor to be around those guys.”

Showalter said he has seen a sneak peak of the postgame laser light show that will be shown off the B&O Warehouse, and he was awed by the presentation.

“I really applaud the organization and the ownership for doing what it takes to once again let them know what we think of them and the path that they blazed, so to speak, to make the Orioles significant,” Showalter said. “It’s about the Orioles and the fans. I know our players have been looking forward to it. They’ve been talking about it. … We’re trying to have the type of season that they’d be proud of. … It will be a big day for us.”

Around the horn

Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to Toronto marked the first time in club history that the Orioles lost a game in which their only hit was a home run. It was the first time their only hit of the game was a home run since Aug. 2, 1995, when Harold Baines hit a second-inning homer in a 1-0 win over the Blue Jays. … Nelson Cruz is scheduled to attend the American Red Cross blood drive at the Mount Hope Donor Center in Baltimore on Friday, greeting donors from 1:30 to 3 p.m. All present donors will be entered in a raffle to win an Orioles jersey signed by Cruz and two ticket vouchers to any Orioles home game. … The Orioles entered Thursday’s game having homered in five straight games and were 54-25 when they hit a home run.

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