Jim Thome's stake in the playoff chase
September, 27, 2012
By Buster Olney | ESPN.com
AP Photo, Getty ImagesManny Machado and Jim Thome both made adjustments and then went deep.BALTIMORE -- In a city of row houses, it makes sense that the Orioles' success this year has been built game by game, at-bat by at-bat, pitch by pitch, brick by brick. They have one pitcher with more than 20 starts, a staff with one complete game and a bullpen that has contributed more than 500 innings. At the start of this season, their leadoff hitter was in Pittsburgh, their designated hitter was a pinch-hitter in Philadelphia and their third baseman was a shortstop in Bowie.