By the end of Tuesday night, Orioles manager Buck Showalter had reached the 1,000-win milestone, left-hander Brian Matusz had sidestepped club infamy and designated hitter Nick Johnson had finally exhaled in a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees.
It was literally a time for popping the champagne corks and offering a toast -- which was done in the visitors' clubhouse after the game as a tribute to Showalter, who became the 58th big league manager to win 1,000 games in his career. He earned it in the same town where he got his first -- on April 7, 1992, when he debuted as Yankees manager.
"It's kind of embarrassing, quite frankly. I don't make any bones about it. I love baseball players, and it's been an honor to manage this long, with so many good people -- general managers and owners and people who give you an opportunity," said Showalter, 55, who has...