DETROIT -- Neither Mike Devereaux nor Dwight Evans will be in the Orioles' lineup tonight. Both outfielders, suffering from groin injuries, will wait at least until Friday before returning.
"I'm not ruling out trying it tomorrow," Evans said last night. "I'd like to think I could be able to at least pinch-hit if needed, but we'll wait and see."
But manager Frank Robinson said he will take advantage of tomorrow's off-day to give both Evans and Devereaux two more days off.
"I'm hopeful Devo will be back by Friday, but I'm not as optimistic as before," said Robinson. "It [the injury] is just kind of hanging there."
It was the injury to Devereaux last Saturday night that set in motion an unusual roster shuffle by the Orioles that saw David Segui and Kevin Hickey promoted to the big-league roster and Jeff McKnight optioned and recalled within 24 hours.
* RARE EARLY LEAD: When Randy Milligan tripled home two runs and scored on Alan Trammell's ensuing throwing error, it gave the Orioles something they've had only three times this month -- a lead after the first inning.
In their previous 12 games the Orioles had been outscored 23-3 in the first inning. And in 10 of the 18 games this month they have trailed after one inning (two of which they eventually won). Last night was only the third time this month the Orioles led after the first inning -- and that only lasted until the second inning.
Almost as unusual about the lead after the first inning, however, was the fact the Orioles also had one after the ninth inning.
* AN ALMOST EXCLUSIVE: Until Milligan's triple last night, Chris Hoiles was the only Oriole with an extra-base hit dating back to the fifth inning of last Thursday's 11-5 loss to Oakland.
In between the Orioles had 49 hits, all but two of them singles. Hoiles homered against California's Chuck Finley last Saturday and had a double two nights ago against Detroit's Jerry Don Gleaton.
* THIS 'N THAT: Cal Ripken's .343 average is the highest by an Oriole this far into the season since Eddie Murray had the same mark after 49 games in 1984. Ripken has hit safely in 9 of the last 10 games.
When Tony Phillips walked and scored in his first two at-bats last night, it brought to eight the number of runners who had scored in the last 10 innings after drawing a walk against the Orioles.
Mickey Tettleton's fifth home run, in the third inning, temporarily gave the Tigers the American League lead with 39, one more than the Orioles. It was only the 13th homer with the bases empty for Detroit -- the Orioles have 29 solo shots overall and had 17 in a row until Tim Hulett's game-winner in the ninth inning tied them with the Tigers for the league lead again.