NEW YORK – While Taylor Teagarden didn’t have many hits in his two-year Orioles career, he did have some big ones.
After missing the first half of the 2012 season, Teagarden ended his first Orioles game with a 13th inning game-winning home run. He’s the only player in franchise history to end his first game with a game-winning homer.
Teagarden had only eight other hits last year, but he won a game in the 10th inning at Tampa Bay on Aug. 5 with a double as well as a two-hit game on Aug. 30 against Chicago in a two-run win.
He also had a big go-ahead hit on Sept. 13 against Tampa Bay and a late night single in the 18th inning at Seattle on Sept. 18.
Teagarden started this season 0-for-21. The slump was wrapped around a five-week absence for a dislocated left thumb.
“He was well-respected,” manager Buck Showalter said. ”I’ve known him for a long time. I was there when he was drafted.”
Showalter was the Texas Rangers manager in 2005 when Teagarden was selected in the third round of the draft.
“It’s tough. It’s tough because of the timing of it,” Showalter said.
Teagarden’s best days this year came on June 19 in Detroit when he hit a long home run and on Aug. 14 in Arizona, when he had three hits.
Now, Teagarden goes home to Austin, Tex. The Orioles will try and trade him, but at this stage of the season, it’s probably unlikely.
“Who knows? Our paths have a way of crossing again,” Showalter said.