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Orioles Manager Buck Showalter joined the Norris & Davis show to talk about his teams success in the early season. Currently the birds are 12-8 and are coming off consecutive wins against the Toronto Blue Jays and will look for the series sweep today.
Steve started off by asking Buck who his sleeper pick for the Ravens. Showalter said he is 2 for 2 and he’s going to have to retire from making picks but he wants the Ravens to get someone good.
Ed asked about any news on Brian Roberts. Showalter said there is nothing new yet which is good news. He said he talked with Roberts recently and had him check out Wada.
Steve asked if most of his conversation with players is face to face or through text. He said that most of it is face to face, but he hears from Adam Jones from i time to time.
Buck talked about the 100 straight wins when leading after 7 innings. He said that it’s something that his guys don’t even know about they just go out and play.
Ed asked about Manny Machado moving back to short. Showalter said he likes J.J. Hardy and there is no definite reason to move Manny to shortstop at this point in time.
Steve asked about Buck’s take on the Boston Bombing and how sports heals people. Showalter said that sports seems to make it like nothing is going change. Sports are a common thing in the world and people like doing things that make it seem like things haven’t changed.
Ed asked about Chris Davis and his power compared to other players. Buck says Davis is a strong young guy and he works at it. Chris isn’t out doing stupid things he is working and maintaining his strength. Buck says that Miguel Gonzalez is another example of a guy who is in great shape.
Steve wanted to know about the ceremony that took place for Earl Weaver this past weekend and how players react to him as a coach. Showalter told the guys that he tries to put himself in their shoes and he has so much respect for what his guys do and have done.
To wrap it up Ed asked about Dylan Bundy going to Dr. James Andrews and what he knows. Buck says he has a good feeling about the situation, but he doesn’t have an answer on the full status of his health.