Danny Valencia had been waiting a long time for a chance to pitch in the major leagues, and he wasn’t too proud to beg.
He was lobbying manager Buck Showalter for an inning or two as soon as it became apparent the Orioles needed to conserve some relief innings in a game that had gotten totally out of hand.
“I asked him,” Valencia said. “I was like, ‘Hey, Buck, I just want to let you know, if you need an inning, I got you. Don’t hesitate to ask.’ Just let him know. Some guys don’t want to do it. Help the team, help the bullpen. I made it known early that I’d be willing to throw an inning, two innings if you need it. It went well today.”
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