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Report: Orioles ready to ax ex-Yankees manager Buck Showalter

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on from

Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter looks on from the dugout against the New York Yankees during an MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Longtime Orioles manager Buck Showalter – the former Yankees manager who helped build what would become the late-1990s dynasty teams – soon may find himself without a job again.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Showalter, whose Orioles (44-108) faced the Yankees Friday night, will be dismissed at the end of the season. General manager Dan Duquette is expected to retain his job and receive an extension.

Showalter was hired to manage the Orioles in July 2010 and led them to the playoffs in 2012 – their first appearance in 15 years. They also won the division title under Showalter in 2014.

He had an excellent track record before that, too, managing the Yankees from 1992 to 1995 and leading them to a postseason berth in '95 -- their first in 14 years.

One year after his tenure with the Yankees ended, Showalter began working to put together the expansion Diamondbacks, taking them from the worst team in the National League in 1998 to the NL West title in 1999. After his departure, they won the 2001 World Series.

Chapman wild-card closer

Despite a rough return to the mound Thursday night after a month on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis, Aroldis Chapman likely remains Aaron Boone’s choice for closer in the wild-card game, the manager said. Chapman gave up a three-run home run by Mookie Betts on Thursday night.

“Yeah, yeah,” Boone said when asked if Chapman will be the guy despite Zach Britton’s recent success. “As the days unfold here down the stretch of the season, we’ll get a good indication of how he's bouncing back, how he’s able to hold on to his stuff as his pitch count rises, and hopefully it’s a situation that we’re dealing with and assessing deep into October.”

The Yankees have all of 10 days to get Chapman back to the point that they feel comfortable using him in high-leverage situations, “and I do think that’s enough time,” Boone said. “Hopefully that will bear out.”  

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