TONIGHT: Evans to give his back a rest from Metrodome's artificial turf

June 03, 1991|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff

BOSTON -- Dwight Evans will get some rest in the next two days where he needs it the most -- in the Metrodome.

"This has always been a tough park on me," said Evans, whose delicate back reacts most to artificial surfaces. So, even though he has five lifetime home runs against Jack Morris (5-5, 4.46), the veteran outfielder will not be in the lineup for tonight's game against Minnesota (8:05, Channel 2).

"I'll keep him out of the first game and use him as the designated hitter tomorrow night," said Orioles manager John Oates. "We'll wait and see before deciding about Wednesday night."

Oates is not looking to fix the Orioles' lineup, but he is looking for ways to keep it fresh. "I've got to get Jeff McKnight some at-bats, so he'll be in leftfield [tonight]," said Oates. "He's got an important role on this club, but he hasn't had any at-bats for about a week and we've got to keep him sharp."

Against Morris, Oates will use David Segui at first and Randy Milligan as the DH. Tomorrow night, with Evans the DH, Joe Orsulak will remain in the outfield even though the Twins will use lefthander Mark Guthrie.

With five wins in their last six starts, the Orioles will be trying to win a series for the third straight time against the Twins. "We can enjoy these three wins [against the Red Sox] now," said Oates, "but then we've got to put them behind us."

Righthander Jeff Robinson (3-4, 3.83) will oppose Morris tonight, with Jeff Ballard (3-6, 3.99) facing Guthrie (4-3, 4.46) tomorrow night and Jose Mesa (4-5, 4.06) going against Kevin Tapani (2-6, 3.93) in the series finale Wednesday night.

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