TONIGHT: Boddicker has been royal pain vs. O's, even before joining K.C.

June 20, 1991|By Josie Karp | Josie Karp,Evening Sun Staff

It will be another turn back the clock day of sorts for the Orioles tonight (8:35, Ch. 2) when they open a four-game series at Royals Stadium.

On the mound for Kansas City will be former Oriole Mike Boddicker, who has been virtually unstoppable against the team for which he won 79 games from 1982 to 1988. Boddicker is 5-1 in seven starts against the Orioles since he was traded to the Boston Red Sox midway through the '88 season. Since April 15, 1989, when he lost 12-4 to Baltimore and tonight's Orioles starter, Jeff Ballard, Boddicker has won four straight.

This will be Boddicker's first start against the Orioles since he signed with Kansas City as a free agent on Nov. 21, 1990.

The Royals did just fine without Boddicker's services last week at Memorial Stadium, where they swept the Orioles in a three-game set.

One Oriole, however, is probably looking forward to traveling to the Midwest. Sam Horn, who gathered four hits last week against Kansas City, including a home run off of Bret Saberhagen, is batting .379 (11-for-29) lifetime at Royals Stadium, including four homers and nine RBIs.

"I don't know why, but it seems to be the best place for me to hit," Horn said. "Even in 1987, when I first came up [with the Red Sox] one of my first at-bats was against Saberhagen, and I had a home run off of him then. Last year, overall, I did extremely well there. I only hope it carries over and I continue to do as well as I have done."

Horn's three home runs at Royals Stadium was the most by a non-Royal in 1990. In fact, the only Royals to have more than three home runs at Royals Stadium were Bo Jackson, Jim Eisenreich and Danny Tartabull.

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