Showalter speaks after 6-3 win

Orioles manager Buck Showalter finally confirmed that Kevin Gausman will start Thursday night’s game in Toronto. The corresponding move won’t be announced until earlier in the day.

“They’re deciding who they’re going to pitch second day in. I’d kind of like to see who that’s going to be between a left- and right-hander before we do something,” he said.

Showalter indicated that he would be willing to go with a short bench and keep the extra bullpen arm, with the uncertainty surrounding Gausman’s debut outing. We’ll see.

“There’s a lot of different ways to think about it,” Showalter said. “I’d like to try and cover everybody out there. You never know when somebody’s going to get hit. I like the coverage because we’re going to protect our bullpen.”

Jason Hammel turned in the Orioles’ fourth consecutive quality start tonight, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 6-3 win over the Yankees.

“Seemed confident, his demeanor and presentation,” Showalter said. “I thought he was in pretty good form. That’s a tough lineup to go through that many times. He gave us what we needed. Threw up some zeroes after they scored two.

“Thought (Chris) Dickerson made a big play that’s probably under the radar, cutting off the ball in the gap on (Robinson) Cano to set up a double play that really helped us.”

Hammel’s outing had to leave Showalter encouraged following the right-hander’s struggles in his last few outings.

“Sure,” Showalter said. “What is he, 6-2? That’s encouraging.

“Ham likes to win. I like guys who care a lot. Like all of us, we sometimes have to get out of our way a little bit now and then. I don’t think we’ve yet seen the best of him yet, and that’s encouraging.”

Asked whether he sensed that Hammel was happy with his outing, Showalter replied, “Ham happy? I’ll let you all answer that after talking to him.

“It’s tough. You don’t want him to be too hard on himself, but at the same time, that’s what makes him good. I talked to him a little bit. I think everybody has. We like him. We’re glad he’s on our side.”

Orioles starters have completed six innings in four consecutive starts.

“It means something, obviously, but it doesn’t mean what’s going to happen tomorrow and the next day,” Showalter said. “It’s individual effort. It’s a team sport played by individuals. The pitching is the most important part of the game. You can’t make your best hitter hit when you want to. You can’t have the ball hit your best defenders. The one thing you can do is put people on the mound who can pitch. You’re consistent by consistently being in ballgames with your starting pitcher.”

The Orioles have won two straight after dropping six in a row, which has to bring a sense of relief.

“There’s a difference between being paranoid and being alert, OK?” Showalter said. “Our guys are alert to what’s around every corner. Just because something good happens or something bad happens doesn’t mean it’s going to continue unless you stay on top of your business, and this group will.

“I’ve been accused of being paranoid. I like to consider myself alert.”

The Orioles’ 4-5-6 hitters went 8-for-12 with two doubles, two home runs, five RBIs and five runs scored.

Nate McLouth stole his 14th base, tops in the American League. He’s only been caught stealing once this season.

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