Thome did receive the start in Monday's Game 2 against veteran lefty
"It was great," Thome said of seeing his name on the lineup card Monday. "You always want to get in there and try to help your club win a ballgame and right now we need to win a ball game. Whether I was not playing or playing, the cheering or the focus of playing would be there no matter what."
Thome entered this year with 67 career postseason appearances, more than the other 10 Orioles with previous postseason experience combined (58). He was 1-for-3 in the Orioles' 5-1 wild-card win over the
"Tough not playing him [Sunday] night," Showalter said before Monday's game. "He's got his shin guards and his batting gloves on [for] about three-fourths of that game last night. He had a good lather going."
Thome hit both postseason homers off Pettitte in the same game, in the
"That's what you play for," Thome said. "I'm always prepared, every day. Whether you're in the lineup or not, you can always contribute. You can pinch hit. That really doesn't change for me personally. I prepare the same. I try to go out and do everything the same, whether I'm starting or not. The preparation is the same. Then you just have to wait."
Showalter said placing Thome in the lineup — Lew Ford was the Orioles' DH in Game 1 — also sets up the team's bench to be more versatile.
"It gives us a chance to be a little more [well] rounded for nine innings," Showalter said. "I want to get Jimmy in the fight. He will do a nice job. I'll tell you it also makes our bench better, now you got two left [handed hitters], two right and two runners on the bench as opposed to one. It makes our bench better."
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