Emotions involved for Orioles returning to Texas

Emotions involved for Orioles returning to Texas

ARLINGTON -- Much has been made of the six Orioles returning to Texas to play against their former team -- one they helped win the American League pennant the last two years.

Reliever Pedro Strop didn't appear in Monday's 5-1 loss, but manager Buck Showalter wasn't surprised to hear that the 27-year old told reporters he's not sure how he'll react to pitching against the Rangers for the first time.

"That's Pete," Showalter said. "He's an emotional pitcher."

Showalter said he had a talk on the bench with Wednesday night starter Tommy Hunter about pitching against the Rangers earlier this season. Hunter started Game 4 of the 2010 World Series for the Rangers.

"Sometimes old guys like me don't take that into perspective as much as we should," Showalter said. "It means something to them. They're very proud of their time here."