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Showalter a stickler for BP etiquette

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter watches from the

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter watches from the dugout during the seventh inning. (Aug. 26, 2010) Credit: AP

Orioles manager Buck Showalter is known for his attention to detail. One of those details crept up in the outfield Monday morning at Yankee Stadium.

Showalter did not like a group of Yankees pitchers playing catch in the outfield during Orioles batting practice and personally did something about it, according to sources.

The feisty manager walked all the way from the third-base dugout to rightfield to confront the Yankees players and told them to move off their own home field because it was the Orioles' turn for batting practice.

"They were over there playing catch and I said, 'Hey, guys, heads up,' " Showalter said last night. "Our rightfielder was playing balls off the bat. They just moved a little bit. It was just making an adjustment."

One Yankees pitcher who was present during the brief exchange shook his head and said, "I guess he's old school."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who said he was not aware of the exchange between Showalter and his players, said, "I've never seen that before."

Of his pitchers, Girardi said: "They need to get their catch in. I wouldn't have a problem if [Baltimore's] guys were playing catch."

Showalter has been a stickler for batting-practice etiquette ever since he broke in as a manager with the Yankees in 1992. Two years later, he famously criticized Ken Griffey Jr. for wearing his cap backward and Griffey and Barry Bonds for wearing their shirttails out before games.

Showalter took over as Orioles manager on Aug. 2.

Usually, when both teams take batting practice, the home team goes first and is off the field before the visiting team begins. On Monday, however, the Yankees had optional batting practice and some of their pitchers filtered out onto the field during the Orioles' scheduled time.

It's rare but not unheard of for players from the home team being on the field during the visiting team's batting practice.

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