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Buck Showalter to pay homage to Johnny Oates

Updated: August 3, 2010, 12:58 PM ET
By Paul Lukas

Buck Showalter officially takes over the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, and he's beginning his managerial tenure with a nice gesture: Instead of wearing his usual number 11, which he wore while skippering the Yanks, D-backs, and Rangers, he's chosen number 26, as a tribute to Johnny Oates.

The thing is, Showalter is arguably the last person in baseball who should be saluting someone via his uni number. Did you even know he'd previously worn No. 11? Of course you didn't -- nobody did, ...

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