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Orioles’ Buck Showalter discusses ‘payback’ win over Royals


Baltimore Orioles skipper Buck Showalter intimated that sometimes revenge doesn’t have to match the tone as the transgression that inspired it. And in baseball, the best revenge can be as basic as simply winning a ballgame.

“The biggest payback is beating ’em,” said Buck Showalter ahead of Wednesday’s final game of a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals, via ESPN’s Eddie Matz.

Ugliness was the name of the game during Tuesday’s tilt, as dugouts cleared and chaos ensued after Manny Machado got plunked by Yordano Ventura, with the Orioles star landing a couple of haymakers on the Royals pitcher after charging the mound.

The stage was set for some potential bad blood to spill over into the next game, the series finale Wednesday. But peace prevailed, as Orioles starter Chris Tillman quelled any lingering animosity by calmly pitching seven-plus shutout innings, striking out a career-high nine in Baltimore’s 4-0 victory to claim a three-game sweep.

Baltimore closer Zach Britton credited Tillman for setting the tone early on in the game.

“Coming off of yesterday, the adrenaline’s pumping,” he said. “But right away Tilly settled it all down and cruised. He did what we needed.”

Fellow reliever Brad Bach said Tuesday’s brouhaha already was in the rear view mirror before the teams even took the field Wednesday.

“I think it was water under the bridge as soon as we left here last night,” said Bach, who notched the save in Wendesday’s win.

Showalter said after the game that the Orioles’ response as exactly what was needed.

“There’s a lot of things going on, emotions, but once you get into the game it’s about the competition and trying to win,” he said. “Sometimes the greatest emotions show themselves in silence, so to speak. If your actions speak pretty loud, you don’t have to talk a lot.”