BALTIMORE -- Despite the Yankees starting their second consecutive left-hander, Orioles manager Buck Showalter penciled in veteran designated hitter Jim Thome in Monday's Game 2 starting lineup for the American League Division Series.
"Tough not playing him last night," Showalter said of the left-handed-hitting Thome. "He's got his shin guards and his batting gloves on, about three-fourths of that game last night. He had a good lather going."
The 42-year-old Thome, who is far and away the most experienced Orioles player in the postseason, has served mostly in a platoon since joining the team midseason, although he has decent numbers against Monday's starter Andy Pettitte, going 6-for-28 with two doubles and two RBIs.
"It gives us a chance to be a little more [well-] rounded for nine innings," Showalter said of the lineup, which puts Sunday's DH, Lew Ford, on the bench. "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."