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Orioles manager Showalter to Jets' Ryan: Worry about winning

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Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter has some advice for New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan like "try to figure a way to beat the Ravens" when the two teams meet on Nov. 24.

Showalter on Friday was responding to Ryan's criticism of the Orioles for not moving a home game to accommodate the Ravens and allow the Baltimore football team to open the NFL season on what has become a tradition -- a Thursday night.

"I think I'd be a little more concerned about Nov. 24 when the Jets come here and try to figure out a way to beat the Ravens, wouldn't you?" Showalter told the Baltimore Sun. "I'd think that would be a little bit more of a challenge."

Ryan, who was an assistant for the Ravens before taking the Jets' job, had plenty to say about the Orioles on Thursday after the NFL released the 2013 schedule.

"I understand the Orioles are playing a game at home. Well, who really cares? You've got 81 of them things at home and maybe you could've done the right thing and given one up and played 82 on the road and 80 at home," Ryan said. "I really don't think people are going to care about that game [versus the Chicago White Sox]. You have a chance to have the defending world champs open the season at home where they rightfully should. I think that's unfortunate."

The Ravens and Orioles play in different stadiums, but do share the parking lots around the two facilities. More than a month ago, the NFL approached Major League Baseball and the Orioles about the scheduling conflict.

The NFL was unwilling to have the Ravens open one night earlier on Wednesday because of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated on that day.

And Major League Baseball considered moving the start time of the Orioles-White Sox game to the afternoon, but because of travel obligations that option was unfeasible.

A suitable alternative could not be reached, which will force the Ravens to open their season on Sept. 5 in Denver against the Broncos.

The Baltimore manager offered a little more advice for the vocal and outspoken Ryan.

"I try to stay out of things I don't know about. Like I don't know about the NFL schedule and the NFL challenges. So that would be my advice [to Ryan]. I would stay in what is my area of supposed expertise."
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