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Orioles' Gonzalez enjoying first postseason

Associated Press Modified: October 9, 2012 at 7:15 pm •  Published: October 9, 2012
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The Mexican-born Gonzalez sat out the 2008 and '09 seasons because of a knee injury and Tommy John surgery. He was 0-7 with a 5.40 ERA in Boston's system last year before being released in December. He signed with the Orioles during spring training and was called up from Triple-A Norfolk on May 29. He made his first start July 6, then won at Yankee Stadium at the end of the month.

"He's a great example to pitchers not only with our team but in the organization about pitching instead of throwing," Showalter said. "He's a guy that understands the art of pitching."

With a sneaky fastball and good command of the strike zone, Gonzalez poses a tough test for the Yankees. He's 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in two starts in the Bronx this season, striking out 17 and walking only one in 13 2-3 innings.

Nick Swisher, Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson are a combined 0 for 21 with 12 strikeouts against him. Alex Rodriguez, who is 1 for 9 with five Ks this series, has never faced Gonzalez.

After watching teammates Jason Hammel and Wie-Yin Chen shut down the Yankees' powerful lineup in the first two games of the series, Gonzalez doesn't plan on doing anything different at Yankee Stadium, where the Orioles are 6-3 this season.

"I think I'm just going to stay within myself and make good pitches and get guys out," Gonzalez said, "and try to get them as fast as possible."