Davis won't let himself become easy target

Orioles notebook

April 17, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

MILWAUKEE -- A day later, Glenn Davis was still upset about the pitch from Chris Bosio that plunked him in the back Monday. It came two innings after Davis' first American League home run, and three pitches after Cal Ripken's third homer of the season.

"That stuff happened to me early [in his career] in the National League," said Davis. "I hope it's not something that will carry over to this league.

"I don't know if the word got out that they can pitch me up and in and take me out of my game. But I can't let that happen.

"If it does, I'll have to hold my ground," said Davis, who seemed intent on getting the message across that he's not always as placid as he appears. "I have a lot of control and discipline when it comes to handling my temper, but once I get over the edge . . ."

Davis left a definite impression that if he had to take matters into his own hands, he would.

"I try to be aware of the image I create for children and the fans," he said. "But I've got a family and children of my own and I have to protect myself."

* O-TO-BE ODDIBE? Oddibe McDowell is the latest Rochester reclamation project. The erratic outfielder, who has worn out his welcome in Texas, Cleveland and Atlanta, has been signed to a contract with the Orioles' Triple A farm club.

"He gives us somebody with major league experience in case anybody gets hurt," said Doug Melvin, director of player personnel for the Orioles. "We said last year that we wanted to get some depth at the Triple A level.

"With Luis Mercedes playing rightfield, he [McDowell] won't be standing in anybody's way," said Melvin.

* BIG BEN WATCH: Ben McDonald gets his workout in an extended spring training game today and shortly thereafter it should be known whether he'll make his 1991 debut in Chicago Monday night.

"Nothing's definite," said pitching coach Al Jackson. "We'll see how it goes."

Jackson said McDonald would be on a 60-65 pitch limit today. His next outing would be restricted to 90-100 pitches.

* RYAN TO PITCH SATURDAY: Nolan Ryan will face the Orioles in a rare Saturday afternoon game this weekend. His probable opponent will be Jose Mesa.

Jeff Robinson is the likely starter in Friday night's game against the Rangers. Sunday's game is the first time the Orioles would need a fifth starter, but Jackson indicated that necessity would be avoided by having Dave Johnson pitch on three days rest.

Manager Frank Robinson would neither confirm nor deny that possibility, but the Orioles are fast approaching the time they have to make some pitching decisions.

* MILACKI, MUSSINA UPDATES: Two pitchers who are biding their time in the minors got plenty of offensive support in victories last night. Bob Milacki improved his record with the Double A Hagerstown Suns to 2-0 in a 12-1 win over the New Britain Red Sox. Milacki, who started, gave up one run in six innings.

Meanwhile Mike Mussina, the Orioles' No. 1 draft pick in 1990, is now 1-0 for the Triple A Rochester Red Wings. Mussina went six innings in a 9-1 victory over Tidewater, giving up three hits and no earned runs while striking out four and walking one.

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