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Thome starts at DH for Orioles against lefty Pettitte

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."

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."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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