Some players get an extra charge when playing against their former team, but neither Sam Horn nor Brady Anderson could be guilty of gloating after their big day in the Baltimore Orioles' 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox yesterday.
Horn contributed two doubles and drove in one run, and Anderson added a double and scored two runs, as Baltimore won for the second time in its past 10 home games.
"Sam's hitting the ball well, and I'm glad to see him getting into a groove now," Orioles manager John Oates said. "And Brady has probably led the team in on-base-percentage since he's come off the disabled list. His job is to get on, and he's doing just that so the hitters after him can get him home."
Horn, a first-round pick of the Red Sox in 1982, has developed into a nightmare for Boston pitchers. In 12 games against Boston since joining the Orioles last season, Horn has eight extra-base hits (five doubles, three home runs) and 11 RBI.
"I think everyone likes to play against their former team, but I don't worry about it too seriously because if that's all you look forward to, then you're going to have a long year," said Horn, who played parts of three seasons in Boston from 1987 to 1989. "I just try to do my job and look forward to being consistent."
He has been consistent in his past four games, with six hits in 14 at-bats (.429). "I'm being more patient because I was going through a period in Kansas City where I was trying to hit everything they threw up there because I was so confident," Horn said of the series last weekend against the Royals. "I still have the confidence level up, but I'm just trying to meet the ball more."
Horn may have been inspired yesterday by comments from Boston pitcher Greg Harris, who described a double by Horn on Friday as "a prime example of falling asleep against a guy that shouldn't hurt you."
Said Horn, whose double to right in the first inning came moments after a monstrous foul ball deep in the upper deck in right: "I heard about that, but I don't care about any of that because everyone has their own opinions. I like when people make statments against me, because that just puts me in a relaxed mode, and I just want to go out there and do good. It gives me more intensity to go out there and do the best I can."
And Anderson, batting second in the order, did what he does best, getting on base four times in five plate appearances. Anderson, who has started 14 of the 15 games since coming off the disabled list June 14, was hit by a pitch twice, walked and doubled.
"We've been playing pretty good," Anderson said. "We've been playing from behind a lot, but we just jumped out ahead and
were able to hold it."
Anderson, who usually bats ninth in the order against left-handers, said he doesn't care where he hits.
"I haven't thought about it much," he said. "I just see if my name in the lineup and go play."
Horn is hoping that the game will give the Orioles a lift playing at home. He said the team can benefit from the recent successful road trip.
"At first we were playing one good game and four bad, but right now we're doing better," Horn said. "If we continue to progress in that manner, I think that when it's all over, we'll be right there in the thick of things."