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Orioles' Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette Get Contract Extensions

Baltimore Orioles/MLB(NEW YORK) -- Still riding high off of their surprise run to the playoffs in 2012, the Baltimore Orioles have rewarded manager Buck Showalter and executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette to contract extensions.

Showalter's deal is a five-year extension that will keep him in Baltimore through the 2018 season. He took over the team back in August during the 2010 and has been a staple of the team's turnaround since then. He is 196-185 since taking over the team, and while that may not be the most impressive record, the Orioles had been one of the worst team's in baseball for over a decade.

In 2012, Showalter led the Orioles to a 93-69 record, their most since 1997. The Orioles also made the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

Meanwhile, Duquette was a surprise hire by the team last winter after spending 10 years away from baseball. Many of his personnel moves played a large role in the team returning to the playoffs and relevancy.

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