04/27/2013 8:07 PM ET
Showalter reflects on Jackson, '73 Athletics
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com
OAKLAND -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter was in high school when the Oakland Athletics won their second straight World Series title in 1973.
The team was officially honored on the 40th anniversary of the championship Saturday with a sellout on hand for the occasion.
"I remember the light-colored uniforms," Showalter said before the game. "The coaches wore white hats. That [former owner] Charlie Finley was ahead of his time."
Finley championed the designated-hitter rule and also tried to get baseball to adopt a designated-runner rule.
Oakland and the New York Yankees are the only teams to ever win as many as three consecutive World Series titles. Reggie Jackson, who was in town for the pregame ceremony, was a big reason for both.
"I got to know Reggie when I was in New York," Showalter said. "We used to talk about those teams all the time. I thought some of the teams Tony [La Russa] had here were similar."
Teagarden dislocates thumb, likely going to DL
OAKLAND -- Orioles catcher Taylor Teagarden left Saturday's game with a dislocated left thumb.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, A's third baseman Josh Donaldson hit a foul tip that appeared to hit Teagarden's thumb or wrist. He immediately removed his glove and walked toward the Orioles' dugout.
"This is a freaky kind of injury," Teagarden said. "You never think it's going to happen to you until it does. Hopefully it will not last too long. He fouls it off, and it hit squarely on the tip of my thumb. A 92-mph fastball is going to win every time."
Teagarden said he would likely miss "several weeks," and that will mean a trip to the disabled list.
"They were able to put it back into place, and now it's a matter of a rehab process," Teagarden said. "We'll let it calm down and heal and then get it stronger."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he will take a day or two to decide his next move. Steve Pearce is one of the emergency catchers and worked out in the bullpen before the game.
Matt Wieters, who began the day as the Orioles' designated hitter, took Teagarden's place behind the plate, and the Orioles lost their DH for the rest of the game. Pitcher Chris Tillman moved into the No. 9 spot, and he struck out his first and only time up.
Jones flashes some leather in Oakland
OAKLAND -- Adam Jones is harder on himself than Orioles manager Buck Showalter could ever be on him.
"Well, maybe that's a tossup," Showalter said.
Oakland can be a nightmare for visiting outfielders, and Jones has had his problems there. On Friday, as the O's beat the A's, 3-0, he also had the solutions.
He made several plays that helped keep the A's off the scoreboard. He thought he should have gotten to another one Thursday night.
"He wants to bring what he brings," Showalter said. "He takes pride in his defense and works at it. He doesn't take himself so seriously that he can't have fun. He's going to rob somebody of a hit."
O's batboy has brush with fire
OAKLAND -- An A's employee assigned to the visitor's clubhouse, who also served as the O's batboy on Friday, came forward Saturday after it was revealed that his uniform caught fire in the Orioles' dugout during the ninth inning of Friday night's 3-0 victory over Oakland.
The topic came up Saturday when several players started talking about it. Some players never knew what happened.
"I was trying to stay out of the way," said Colin, the batboy and a student at San Jose State. "I didn't even realize anything was wrong until I saw four or five guys laughing and pointing."
Colin, who was standing next to the heater in the dugout, could laugh about it, because there was no damage except to the pant legs of his Orioles uniform.
"You're not supposed to get warm by getting into the heater," said O's manager Buck Showalter, who showed genuine concern for Colin's well-being.
• Infielder Brian Roberts (right hamstring strain) has begun light jogging. He's been on the disabled list since April 4.
• Infielder Wilson Betemit (right knee sprain) has graduated from range-of-motion activities to pool activities.
• Right-handed pitcher Jim Johnson has converted a career-best 30 consecutive save opportunities dating back to last season.
• According to Elias, the Orioles have won a franchise-record 102 consecutive games when leading after the seventh inning.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.