"Hopefully, they can win the [
The 29-year-old Pearce has had an incredibly busy and bizarre 2012 season. He went to
Pearce had some big moments with the Orioles — five RBIs in a June 14 game against his original team, the
Pearce was claimed by the
"It's been an adventure, I'll tell you that," Pearce said. "If you would have told me this at the beginning of the year, I'd tell you you were crazy. I dealt with adversity this year, kept moving forward and I've found myself with the New York Yankees in the middle of a pennant race. There's nothing better than that."
Pearce's biggest adventure is forthcoming. His wife is nine months pregnant with the couple's first child. That's made all of the moves this season even more challenging.
"It's been a long year. Me and my wife have gone through a lot," he said. "All this moving around hasn't really helped her. We've gone through a lot. And this year isn't over yet. We'll see how this story ends in about a month."
Lineup shuffling with
With left-hander CC Sabathia slated to pitch Saturday for the Yankees, Orioles manager
Tolleson, who is hitting .185 as a big leaguer this season, had never started at designated hitter in his brief major-league career. He was recalled from Triple-A Norfolk when rosters expanded and hasn't started a game for the Orioles since July 25. But he does have two hits in three at-bats against Sabathia.
"[Tolleson has] made contributions for us. Went down to Norfolk and started swinging the bat well again and there's not many positive matchups with Sabathia out there," Showalter said. "We only have three or four guys that have had much success against him, but I think there's a lot of clubs that can say that."
In his lone start against Sabathia on May 15, Tolleson had two hits, including a double, and scored a run in the Orioles' 5-2 win.
"I think any time you face Sabathia it's a tough assignment. I've had a couple at-bats off of him in the past, so I kind of know what he's throwing going in there," he said. "But I just look at it as an opportunity to play in September in a pennant race. I wouldn't want it any other way."
Showalter loaded his lineup with all right-handers except leadoff hitter
"Matt, we pushed the envelope pretty good with him in the last eight days. And we found that with an off day [Saturday] and an off day Monday … that really refreshes his legs," Showalter said. "I think it makes us a better club and makes him a better player [when he is rested]. I don't want to take him for granted. I don't want to make that mistake."
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman, who was forced out of last Sunday's game with
Tillman's short-toss and long-toss catches have gone well, but doctors decided that Tillman should get a little more time to allow anti-inflammatory medicine to work. And, with an off day Monday, Showalter said the Orioles have the luxury to be careful with Tillman. Showalter stressed that there were no setbacks, but that the move is strictly precautionary.
"The next step is to go to the mound, but they thought it would be prudent to give him another day or two to make sure we get all that inflammation out of there, if there is any left," Showalter said. "I don't think Tilly is real happy about it, but it's the proper thing to do precautionary-wise."
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Orioles center fielder