Center fielder Adam Jones was professing ignorance about the makeup of the Baltimore Orioles' ever-changing pitching staff, saying, "I don't even know what our five-man rotation is."
First baseman Chris Davis, standing a few lockers away, smiled and agreed.
"We have, like, a nine-man rotation," Davis said.
A nine-man rotation, a 35-man roster, the fourth-worst run differential in the American League and oh yes, a ticket to the postseason as a wild-card qualifier if the season ended today.
People ask, how are the Orioles doing it? Well, there is an element of luck for a team with a 24-6 record in one-run games, an .800 winning percentage that would be the highest in major-league history. But give Orioles general manager Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter credit. Their team's remarkable ascent is not exactly an accident.
Duquette is finding talent under every rock imaginable, manipulating his 25-man roster aggressively, displaying the necessary short-term memory in moving on...