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Managerial changes in AL East leave Orioles, Buck Showalter in awkward spot going forward

Managerial changes in AL East leave Orioles, Buck Showalter in awkward spot going forward

For all of his feuds with them and the competition that builds with 19 divisional games each season, Orioles manager Buck Showalter must be feeling a difficult mix of relief and remorse for the firing of the two AL East managers that earned playoff berths this year — Boston's John Farrell and now New York's Joe Girardi.

On the one hand, managing against those two for as long as he did made Showalter particularly sensitive to the idiosyncrasies of each man and his team, which made them easy targets as he fostered the Orioles' "Us against the world" mentality. He'll undoubtedly find the same with new Red Sox manager Alex Cora and whomever replaces Girardi, but it will take a...

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