Revenge isn't a motive,players say of Blue Jays

October 01, 1990|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN CORRESPONDENT

CLEVELAND -- Last year, the Toronto Blue Jays did the celebrating at SkyDome.

This year, the Baltimore Orioles hope to see that they don't repeat their merriment at Memorial Stadium.

The Orioles say they are not looking for revenge, only satisfaction, when Toronto calls for the season-ending series that will help determine the American League East race.

"There would be some satisfaction eliminating them," said manager Frank Robinson. "It'd be good to have some say in the race. But if we were playing Boston, it would be the same way.

"But nothing will take the place of what happened last year, when we could have won it."

First baseman Randy Milligan said the series "is going to be fun for us. It'd be nice to beat them after what happened in Toronto."

Pitcher Dave Johnson agreed.

"It'll be neat if we end up beating them, but it's not like revenge," he said. "If we're not going to be the champs, what difference does it make?"

Relief pitcher Gregg Olson said he doesn't want "either one of those guys [Red Sox or Blue Jays] to win. But we aren't going out to pay back the Blue Jays. Just to have an effect on the race is a good feeling."

* Bob Milacki probably is finished pitching for this season, and he left with the taste of dessert after winning yesterday for the first time since June 30.

"I was surprised how well I found my rhythm," said Milacki, who allowed two singles in seven scoreless innings. "I felt really good, but I don't think my velocity on the fastball was as high as normal."

Milacki might be available to face a hitter or two in the final game Wednesday should it have a bearing on the division race. Otherwise, he will look to 1991 as a comeback season from a 5-8 record.

"It helps you confidence-wise to know that you're healthy now," said Milacki, whose right shoulder has bothered him for three months.

"I wanted to go further, but I had the feeling they would stop me earlier than they did. I had two quick innings before that, and that probably influenced them."

* Robinson, who needled Toronto counterpart Cito Gaston during their race to the wire last year, said he won't let up this time despite the different circumstances.

"I'll get him again," said Robinson in jest. "He should have won this thing by five or six games by now. We're going to apply the pressure."

The Orioles manager likes his pitching rotation of ex-Blue Jays farmhand Jose Mesa, Dave Johnson and Ben McDonald.

"The three guys throwing the ball the best right now are going out there," he said.

* Brady Anderson stole his 13th consecutive base in the second game, the longest streak by an Oriole since Al Bumbry had 15 straight in 1980. . . . Craig Worthington ended an 0-for-17 slump with a seventh-inning single in Game 2. . . . The Indians won the season series, 7-6, with their second-game victory. . . . The Orioles finished 36-45 on the road and 14-14 overall in September. . . . The Orioles have split all three of this year's doubleheaders. They haven't swept one from Cleveland since September 1974. .

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