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Buck Showalter's mother dies at age 87

Orioles manager Buck Showalter lost his mother after Saturday's game.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter was dealing with a heavy heart Sunday that had nothing to do with baseball.

His mother, Lina Carrie Spires Showalter, died late Saturday night in Florida at age 87. Showalter's mother visited Baltimore several times to watch her son manage during his tenure and took pride in never missing an Orioles game on TV.

She recently was moved from Showalter's childhood home to an assisted living facility.

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Showalter said a second X-Ray on Jonathan Schoop's right hand came back "clean" and that the second baseman was much better after being struck on the hand by a Drew Hutchison pitch in the first inning Thursday. Showalter said Schoop and Jones (back) could have been used in Sunday's finale if needed. Jones hadn't played since Sept. 27 in Boston. … The Orioles finished the season 64-48 when shortstop J.J. Hardy starts a game and 17-33 when he doesn't. … Desingated hitter Jimmy Paredes will play winter ball in the Dominican Republic this offseason for Escondido. He is expected to work on improving defensively as a corner outfielder. … Davis received his 2015 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole Award in a pregame ceremony Sunday. Davis, a pending free agent, received a huge ovation from the Camden Yards crowd during the ceremony and continually throughout a game in which he hit two home runs. … The Orioles finished the 2015 season without a pitcher throwing a complete game, the first time that has happened in modern club history.

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